Writing Wrongs

February 08, 2006

Iím having another one of those ďdíuhĒ epiphanies like I had the last time I was between contracts.

Time matters.

Having time to write, not having to shoehorn it into my schedule. I know, I know, if you want to write, youíll find a way to do it--well, Iíve been doing that for nearly ten years now. But thereís something magical about having uninterrupted blocks of quiet time to write, to get into the flow of the story. None of this eking out 250 words when and where I can.

The key, of course, is to use the expanse of time and not get seduce into thinking you can write ďlater.Ē If that eking out has taught me anything itís to use time when I have it. So Iím proud to say I have been using that time. I think Iíve written +10,000 words since last week Wednesday. Thatís pretty darn amazing, at least for me. I realize some people might do that in a day (or two).

I think it was Piers Anthony who said his writing career didnít take off until his wife went to work and he stayed at home to write. To me, this makes sense. Writing is a craft and if youíre practicing your craft for several hours a day versus whenever you can grab a few minutes, things are bound to happen.

Also, when youíre eking, you forget, or at least I do, the pure joy of writing. How much fun it is. And even though Iím in the process of breaking poor Kitís heart, Iím having lots of fun.

And you may have noticed I added back that section of the story. After two friends agreed to run the gauntlet--er, volunteered to read--and came to the same conclusion (independent of each other, I might add), I decided that the segment should go back in. Iíll worry about word count later.

As for now, I think Iíll go add to it.

Charity Tahmaseb wrote at 8:55 a.m.