Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Finding Bits of Time

I've never been one of those people who can sit down and write in snatches here and there. I like to have huge blocks of time where I can really get into the "zone" and just hammer out a bunch of scenes. I love that feeling. The phone can ring, my husband can try to talk to me, my kids can be knocking at the door and I completely block it all out. In the past, that's always when I've been able to do my best writing.

Well, huge blocks of time are a luxury that I don't have anymore. Nap time in a thing of the past, summer means that I have all four kids home, and I have a sweet little baby who really seems to like being held by me. So I've decided that I need to take advantage of every bit of time I get for my writing.

Some advice I've read on this is:
--Think about my wip during any downtime or while doing mindless activities (like laundry)
--Always carry a notebook/laptop with me so that I can jot down thoughts or scenes whenever I get a spare minute
--Get into my characters head as soon as I can, so that when I sit, I don't have to go through the transition phase of being Kaylee to writing for the character that can take a few paragraphs (if I'm lucky) to get into.
--Stop trying to make everything perfect right out the gate. First drafts can be embarrassing. It's okay.
--If I keep waiting for the perfect time to write, it's never going to happen. Even 25 words is better than 0.

What are your thoughts on this? Can you write in just small snatches of time here and there? Do you have any additional advice?


  1. I like big chunks of time too, I used to stay up until midnight writing but right now I'm pregnant and I really need my sleep. So I have to figure out how to write in the spare moments as well. Here's hoping we can both find productivity this summer!

  2. I like big chunks of time, too. Who doesn't? But I write when I can.


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