OK, so i really don’t know what I’m doing in regard to my blog!
I am still writing, like I have a choice! It seems that I am constantly thinking about the plot for each of the books, the next step and how to develop the characters.
I am currently writing two books, one child fiction and the other an adult fiction which I guess is autobiographical in some ways. I am finding it difficult to get time to work for any great length of time on either, but they are plodding along.
I was wondering if there are any other budding authors, or even published authors who have had similar dilemmas re time management and what they did to get around them?
For me, it is setting aside the same time in my diary every day to write. Then it is more than a compulsion, but a habit that brings me joy – a part of my day I cherish. As a busy working mum, I think of this as MY time.
Thanks for you tip, I have tried to block out some time in the evenings, however, it is usually at the time I want to close my eyes and have a nanna nap!!!
I really like the look of your website and information about the dot points is very poignant. I spent two days and 6000 words putting an application together, which was not successful, perhaps I should enlist your services?
I’m in the same situation – trying to become an author and struggling to find time to write. It’s so hard isn’t it? I don’t really have any tips, but I like Karen’s idea of scheduling time in the diary. I think I will try that – I usually try to squeeze it in when opportunity arises
I’m pleased to hear you have the same problem. I really enjoyed reading your blogs and the look of your blog is very professional. I try to allot a time each day but it tends to be at the back end of the day, when all I want to do is close my eyes!!!
Hi Eila. For myself, when I was in a similar situation, I found that it was only after a sufficient accumulation of guilt that I’d eventually make the time to write some more. I.e. setting aside fixed times didn’t work for me: I was too good at finding excuses or just “pencil sharpening” to get ready to write.
But what you’ve described above sounds like you try to juggle the ideas for plots and characters in your head. I spent a long, long time doing the same thing, and in the end discovered that I got nowhere doing that. However, if I wrote down my thoughts, even in a very free-format style – for example, I might actually write a part of a scene, or a piece of dialogue – then it freed my mind from going around in endless loops. For me, the effort of remembering the ideas and (re)exploring them was so great I’d make little progress on the actual ideas, especially as the number of topics grew. Writing them down freed up enough brainpower for me to actually make progress.
Thanks, Luke. That describes me to a tee!!
I tried to find your blog the other week, Karen mentioned you. I will visit and look for some useful tips.
I tend to put an afternoon aside on the weekend but with friends wanting to catch up etc, that tends to get put aside. I must admit I feel a lot of guilt in not working.