Crazy Writer’s Life
Writing a book (never mind a trilogy), is an ardurous process in the midst of raising children, spending time with grandchildren, keeping up with house and yard work, all while still holding down a full time job.
Something had to give. Well, in my case, it was the job. Selling houses full time, in an incredibly busy market, leaves no time for enjoying time off because you spend it with family and maintaining the house.
During the writing of The Coalition, I wittled my time spent at the office and selling houses down to a minimum. My clients appreciated the extra care I was able to offer them, because I had fewer clients, but my income also dropped… a lot.
In December of 2013, I took two months off to complete the editing process. Now that The Coalition is published and book two is well under way, I will have to adjust my busy schedule again.
My So-called Writing Strategy
Here I am at the keyboard blogging, but not writing the second book. I have an hour between appointments which is simply not enough time to get into the character’s heads and be on a roll. I need at least 3 consecutive hours to write something worthwhile.
I had a staff meeting this morning, then some open houses to attend, followed by a mad dash home to throw some laundry in the washer (we run out of towels so fast! Go figure..). I crammed food into my face while blogging because I have no time to lose. My next appointment is vitally important. It’s a much-needed catch-up with my close friend. It’s rare that our schedules mesh, so taking this time is like a party for my heart.
I don’t want to lose precious moments spent with friends and family, so scheduling everything is key. But how do you schedule creativity? You don’t. Writing has become a discipline.
I write at least 2 thousand words and read at least 2 thousand words a day to keep it fresh. The hardest part is turning off my inner editor. I hardly ever leave in the middle of a chapter. I always try to finish my last thought, or good luck trying to retrieve it when I return hours later. When I am able to come back I re-read no more than a page or 2 back, otherwise I’m tempted to sit and edit it, which is a waste of time. It’s only the first draft afterall.