Writing a Novel and ....

Writing a Novel and ....

Making the Time to Write

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Writing can be a lonely business, its very nature usually demands long hours of solitude hidden away in your own quiet corner of creativity. The real world and all of its concentration breaking disturbances is temporarily cast aside as you are sucked deeper and deeper into a whirlpool of sumptuous words.
Entering your world you begin to write,

Chapter seven; The night had been cold, a heavy frost obscured his view from the bedroom window as Daniel eventually struggled to his feet. His heart sank as he gingerly opened the window and looked out on a new day. The black Mercedes containing his two assailants was still parked menacingly across the road, the driver tapping his fingers on the steering wheel to a muffled heavy rock beat. Glancing to his left he noticed the bullet that had ripped through his shoulder was now lodged firmly in the wall next to a cheap print of the Virgin Mary. "Jesus!" he began to laugh but the pain....................

MUM! ... MUM! Whats for tea?

You try to ignore ignore the intrusion and soldier on after all your son is 27 and can look after himself!

Ring Ring.....Ring Ring..... Its for you mum, dad needs a lift.

Approximately 90 minutes later, tea sorted, husband retrieved you are back in your corner seeking a hasty return to your own world.
Another 30 minutes pass and only 2 words have been added - SOD IT !

Sound familiar? - Best wishes for the new year - GINA

The importance of words

Please read the article below it adresses the problem perfectly!

Do you want to write? How to find - no, make time to write

In today’s busy world, few of us have the luxury to spend hours pursuing a writing dream. There’s no such thing as finding time to write. You have to make the time! As with other priorities, if you want it bad enough, you’ll find a way to fit some writing time into your schedule. How do you this?

First, you need to dispel some of the myths about writing. You don’t need huge chunks of time. Several focused, 15-minute sessions can be very productive over the course of days, weeks, and months. Can you expand that time to half an hour? Even better! Whenever you can squeeze in some time, do it.

Don’t wait for inspiration. One of the greatest myths about writing is that you have to feel fully inspired to write. While inspiration is great, it’s not a prerequisite. Writing is like any other skill. The more you practice, the better you get. Sitting down to write and producing something—anything—is better than not writing at all. Waiting for the muse is a great way to procrastinate and make excuses.

Now that you know two important rules (or non-rules), how else can you make the time to write? The following tips will help you spend more time writing and less time thinking about it.

1. Commit. If you want to be a writer, you have to write, plain and simple. Make writing a priority.

2. Share your commitment with others. Let your family and friends know that writing is important to you. Of course, you need to demonstrate this by writing. Once they see that you are committed, their level of support will likely increase.

3. Realize that some things may have to go, or at least be put aside. Most people can’t do it all. For some, even making fifteen minutes means that something else, such as vacuuming, is going to be put on hold. The house does not have to look perfect.

4. Keep your priorities in perspective. Yes, your children come first. So that means your writing time may need to happen when the kids are asleep. For many writers, this means getting up early, before everyone else, or staying up late after everyone else is asleep.

5. Give yourself mini goals. For some, a page a day is a reasonable goal. For others, it’s 500 words. Figure out a reasonable, yet still challenging goal, and stick to it.

6. Keep writing.

7. Turn off your inner critic. This is the voice that tells you your writing is no good. First, you need to get something on paper (or screen). You can call on this voice later when it’s time to revise. (Many writers find that early morning writing is the best writing time as far as keeping this voice quiet.)

8. Keep writing.

9. Don’t think about “big picture” issues such as whether or not the work will be published and where. This comes later. The top priority is getting those first drafts done. Then you can work on the other stuff (such as revising!).

10. Keep writing

As with other important things in life, writing takes time and effort. However, few things match the satisfaction of setting a goal, sticking to it, and watching your writing grow.

Maurene J. Hinds is a children's author with five published books and two forthcoming. She is an experienced teacher who has taught creative and technical writing and literature at the high school and college levels, and teaches online writing workshops and offers manuscript critiques through her website. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Teenagers from Vermont College. She is completing a young adult novel, "Bruised," under the name Maurene Janiece. For more information, visit http://www.maurenejhinds.com

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