Thursday, January 28, 2016

Find Time to Write

It’s funny, sometimes when your life becomes hectic, it’s a good time to write. Honestly, what’s happening right now in my life is a whirlwind of things. Today my son is going to Italy to study abroad. And tomorrow is my daughter’s nineteenth birthday. It’s been chaotic around the house with my son packing and my daughter going to school and work. I am so very proud of them both.

I was finally able to pull myself away from my last novel , which is completed and I am querying agents at the moment. But after researching and submitting and all that jazz, things die down and eventually you have to pick up writing again while you wait on submission. The wait time can be excruciating so putting yourself back into a novel is always a good thing. It will help you get your mind off of your latest novel. Also if you find yourself very busy too, with life in general, working and paying the bills and being with your kids or just doing other things, you can still find time to write. I know that was a long sentence wasn’t it? But the point I’m trying to make, is make time for writing too. Lately, I’ve been getting up early, before everyone wakes up and write as the darkness of day turns into light. Or you can maybe write during twilight times? Or maybe your lunch break. Find the time. It’s so rewarding to get so much out of your mind when you do.

I know it’s easier said than done. But once you get into the habit of it, you will find a good rhythm for yourself and the writing will come easy. Even if the writing is not your very best, try to continue writing anyway. And whatever you do, try not to linger on every word and sentence. This will drag your writing down and may stall you completely. If you can just get the bones of writing down on paper, you are way ahead of the game. I know writer’s block can be a problem for a lot of people, myself included. But there are lots of ways to kick-start your writing again. The key is writing every day and with some discipline along the way too.

So instead of putting it off, find time to write— even if it’s just 10 minutes a day. In time, you will have something special. 


Majanka Verstraete said...

Hey Lisa! Been a long time :) I'm so glad to hear you finished another book. What's it about? Good luck querying!

Lisa M. Cronkhite said...

Maj! It's so good to hear from you too! This new idea I'm writing is a YA horror. I usually write mystery suspense, but this one seems to be flying away with intensity. I just hope I can make it up to at least 40K and then maybe add more as I edit. Thanks for stoppin' by. Shoot me an email anytime. Let me know how you're doing.

Tere Kirkland said...

I just wanted to say thanks one last time for your comments on my WIP opening on AW. And GOOD LUCK querying!

Ooh, the book I have on sub right now is YA Horror. Let me know if you need an extra set of eyes. I'd be happy to help.

chris said...

You know, little bud, I'm proud of you for carrying on through all these circumstances. You have a lot of queries out there and answers will be forth-coming. You're a great writer, and it's only a matter of time.

BTW, I'm a late night and early morning scribe. Sometimes I can't get my life-clock straightened out. But I seem to accomplish a lot in that dark silence, with no distractions.

Yo! Make time to write.

Big Bud

Lisa M. Cronkhite said...

Thank you, Tere! Your WIP was a pleasure to read. Thanks for posting it.

Thank you too, Big Bud. It's always good to know you have my back!