Today I welcome Angela Scavone to Terry’s Place. Angela is a debut author who currently lives in the capital city of Canada with her three precocious pups and one evil cat. She likes all things funny: books, movies, tv shows and people — the funnier the better.
Hi everyone! Thank you for having me here today. I would like to talk about how to find time to write. I have always found this to be an issue so I came up with three main rules (some not my own) to keep me writing and make those deadlines. Also, I find these rules help with my procrastination.
A writer friend of mine, Mike Wells, once said that a good habit to get into is to write at the same time every day. Once you do this for several days in a row then it will become a habit. I used to write on the weekends in the mornings but finding time to write in the mornings during the work week gets a little hairy. Apparently bosses don’t like you pushing your work aside to get some writing done at a specific time. Therefore I changed my writing time to between 7-9pm. I did that for over a month and now when 7pm hits I stop what I’m doing and start writing.
Make writing fun, put some music on (if you can handle music playing), get a glass of wine, do whatever makes you look forward to sitting down and getting something on paper. I, myself, like to sit on my deck. My backyard is a bit of an oasis (sadly without a pool) and I find it extremely relaxing to sit out there and write in the evenings. Yes this can be an issue in the winter but when it’s cold and snowy I stay indoors near a window so I can watch the snow falling.
Say No. I literally have to say no to the dishes in the sink. They can be dealt with either before or after my specified writing time or they can be done by someone else in the house (insert laugh here) either way I say no. I do not answer the phone, check emails or answer the door during my writing time — this time is dedicated to me and my characters and people in the real world can wait…unless a dog asks to go out then that must be attended to or I could have more to clean afterwards. Remember this is your time. No one else is going to let you have this time, so you must take it and no it’s not mean that you’re not answering your door or phone (if you have children I would recommend waiting until they are asleep or in school because, really, they can’t be ignored)