Thursday, September 3, 2009

How I spend my time writing. Part One: Time itself

Time is always on most minds these days. I don't have enough time. I need 28 hour or 36 hour days to get everything done. I hear things like this all the time (get it) and personally I think it's a bunch of crap. I'm a very reality-based person, I don't like dealing with "what-if's" if I can help it. We can't control time. Short of being on a spaceship traveling close to the speed of light, nothing we can do, nothing we read, no amount work or effort will succeed with us slowing down time or adding more hours to our day.

So what are we supposed to do if we can't change time? We can manage our own better. 

I'm always getting after my kids when they clean their room to make better use of their time. Instead of picking up piece of garbage and walking all the way to the kitchen to the trashcan, pick up 5 or 10, or better yet bring the trashcan to your room one time. Those of you that know me personally understand all the different hobbies I flitter in and out of almost on a monthly basis. I have the attention span of a 1st grader without all the cuteness. I try to be realistic about what I can and cannot do.

In getting ready for this novel I've decided to break my time up in smaller chunks. I know that I don't have the focus to sit down for 6 hours at a time and hammer on the keyboard yet. I'm just not that good.  In breaking up my writing throughout the day, it helps me stay focused on the task at hand. I'm also less likely to allow each task to take over too much of my valuable time and I can ensure each area gets some time each day. 

Going from a do-nothing guy to writing a book has been a humbling experience. I'm an avid gamer, and outside of work and family, the last 4+ years have found myself filling up  my free-time with games, mainly World of Warcraft. I've made plenty of friends there and find it quite an enjoyable use of time. However a lot of that had to change when I decided to re-start writing a novel. Not only do I need to find time to write, but I also needed to research on how to write, publish, and market my book. Don't forget spending time reading similar books from other authors in the genre. I also decided to start up this blog as somewhat of a creative/research outlet as well as a future marketing tool. This all takes time. So WoW has been put on the back burner (though I still show up to our Thursday night raids to wipe on Hodir :-)

The next few posts will focus on how I break up my writing schedule.

So how have I allotted my time? I have four main things that I do on a daily basis that have filled in all those extra gaps of time:

  • Blogging
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Research

The next four blog posts will go into more detail on these four subjects. As always, comments are welcome and encouraged. 

1 comment:

  1. Remember to edit frequently. Editing can be the difference between good writing and great writing. Edit, Edit, Edit.. then Edit more!!

    It's what I do when I have to do any kind of legal case brief, or pleadings. It works.