Tuesday, August 14, 2012
On Sleepyheads and the Struggle to Find Time to Write
This morning I managed to get my two older kids up at 9:15 in anticipation of school starting next week. At 9 a.m., they both groaned and rolled over and said something like, "I'm up," when I told them to get out of bed. Fifteen minutes later, I sent my three-year-old (who woke me up at 2 a.m. and then 7:00 a.m.) to do the job. He likes to wake them up by climbing all over their beds and then on them like a cat. It's very effective.
I had a talk with my little guy yesterday. He agreed to let me write for an hour every day until his school starts in September if I let him watch SpongeBob for an hour. He's obsessed with SpongeBob, and we always have a few episodes saved.
I decided to work on a middle grade chapter book I wrote a couple of years ago. He loves the story and will very enthusiastically let me read it to him (after SpongeBob).
Normally the TV would distract me from writing, but for the last two weeks since his SpongeBob preoccupation began, I walk around with SpongeBob songs screaming in my head anyway. "The Best Day Ever" is the best song ever.
At the beginning of the calendar year, I decided to do Write1Sub1, then I promptly dropped out. The writing wasn't the problem - the effort that goes into preparing a piece for submission and finding just the right publishers took more time than I was willing to spend. And if I'm in writing mode, I don't want to be in submission mode at the same time. My Muse is squeamish about submitting.
For the rest of the calendar year, I'm going to try a modified version of Write1Sub1. I'll call it Write1SubNone.
I love writing short stories. I think it's especially good to write something new every week while I'm in editing mode. So I'm going to write a short story a week and set it aside. If I stay on track, I should be able to write 20 new short stories by December 31. If I only write 5 or 10, I won't be disappointed in myself. If I feel compelled to write chapters instead of short stories, that will be even better.
I haven't forgotten about the historical piece I started this summer. I want to have outlines completed for the whole series and go on a road trip to do some research before I get too deep into the writing.
More about road trips next time....