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Questions for Writers

Ever heard of a busman’s holiday

Monday through Friday I read, re-write, edit, research, and write – rinse and repeat – all day long at my day job. When I get home in the evenings, I oftentimes have very little energy or motivation to open a book or sit down with my laptop to work on a project. In fact, in my down time I can be hard pressed to stare at any illuminated screen or printed page.

And yet, as a writer who wants to ramp up her own creative projects, I have to carve out time to work on my stories, and know I should be well-read with regards to current (and classic) material in my genre (such as the latest children’s best-sellers or Anne Lamott’s latest — here she talks about her reading habits). And then there’s researching the market, preparing for submittals, updating social media, making new friends here on WordPress, cooking, cleaning, laundry, and so on.

As with anything, I guess it’s a matter of managing my time and prioritizing my projects. Hence, the title of a previous post: Time to get Busy.

But I’m wondering – how do other working writers include writing into their daily/weekly lives? Do you find it important to read material germane to your publishing interests? If so, how often do you do this?

If you have a day job that gets in the way of completing your nebulous sci-fi thriller, how do you schedule your off-time to work on it? Weekly goals? Weekends? Word count goals? Scheduled deadlines? One or two nights a week? Early mornings?

What motivates you to work on the craft?

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Time to Get Busy

Plotting the next chapter of my life.

Plotting the next chapter of my life.

This weekend I spent a charming evening in Columbus’ German Village. A friend and I enjoyed catching up over dinner at Barcelona, and then we visited The Book Loft – a Columbus book-lovers gem. The store itself has more “twists and turns” than a Robert Ludlum novel: you never know where the next room or stairway will lead you. Visitors wander through a maze of 32 rooms (yes, 32!) lined top to bottom with books and other novelties. Walking through its narrow halls and discovering unexpected corridors is a delight in and of itself, but when you unexpectedly find that perfect book among the thousands of others – it’s almost like magic, especially in The Book Loft.

I experienced a little bit of that magic Friday night. I wasn’t looking for anything particular, but I did know that I would leave with at least one book in hand. I was slowly making my way through a hallway and was over stimulated with the bounty of books surrounding me. I paused, turned to my left to study a shelf of titles, and there she was: the 2013 Writer’s Guide. It was the one and only copy. I reached for it and didn’t let go. It was fate.

That night I crawled into bed and started reading until my eyes were on fire. I woke early Saturday morning and made my way to Panera, where I sipped hazelnut coffee and devoured more of the articles in the front of the book. And now it’s Sunday morning, and I feel the excitement and urgency of what it means to be a working writer who wants to write more. (More on this in a future post.)

In the few hours I’ve spent with Writer’s Guide this weekend, I’ve made pages of notes, started a writer’s to-do list, written a blog post (this one), updated my social media, and have put ideas on paper for a juvenile-fiction story for boys that I thought of on my drive back home from Columbus. Not bad. I guess Writer’s Guide has inspired me to kick-start some writing projects.

However… there is a lot of work ahead of me. And that in my spare time: evenings and weekends.

“One word at a time, a few scheduled nights a week,” I’m telling myself. I can do this.

What about you? Are you newly inspired in some way? Has a book captured your imagination? What are you working on in your spare time?

Me? I’ll be reading, writing, and re-writing. And one day, hopefully, submitting and publishing.

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April 14, 2013 · 5:40 pm