Thursday, September 15, 2011

I Have Ten Minutes to Write this Post

Seriously, only ten. I've written this post twice already, only to erase it. Why?

I don't know. This whole day is  little off. I slept through my exercise time, I sat on the couch when I was supposed to be cleaning, and I haven't had anything nutritious to eat (Wait! Does chocolate count. Anti-oxidants...it does. sweet! I'm good on that one.) 

I think my day is out to get me. 

Oh no...only six more minutes. 

Plus I have a long list of things to do (remember the dead washing machine? There's a pile of laundry waiting for me. Curse you stinky socks & smelly towels).  

Great...now there's only four. I'd better get to my point.

If you are going to be a writer, time becomes very important to you. You need time to write, time to revise, time for crit buddies, time to communicate with agents,  time to eat (mmmm....eat...). 

Sorry, I got carried away thinking of food.

So to cure the time monster...you must block out time to get things done. Make your time work for you and remember...don't wait until the last minute to write a post (do what my friend Elana J does and  write your posts on one day for the entire week. Brilliant! And have you seen her blog? I bet she's not counting down minutes until she has to throw her socks in the dryer. Just saying.) 

If you are going to do it...plan it and do it. That's all there is to it. (Of course, it's probably the hardest thing, but still.) 

Okay, I have thirty seconds. Eck! So what do you do to keep yourself on the writing track? 

26 comments:

LisAway said...

I always plan to sit down and write a few posts at a time, when I have ideas, but it never happens. I definitely need to get organized. Or just let the socks stay smelly. :)

Kristina P. said...

I used to write my posts early in the week, and then my work schedule changed, and I got out of the habit. Now I wait until Sunday, and sometimes, it can feel like a chore.

KarenG said...

Talk about pressure! I am working on the organizational/time thing. I waste a TON of time. I think it comes from being a busy busy mom of many children for all those years and wasting time wasn't a luxury I had so now I squander it like it's the air I breathe.

Shari said...

My problem is whenever I sit down to write a post, my brain freezes and I can't think of a single thing to say.

Janet Johnson said...

My best weapon is to write with pen and paper at a place that isn't home. That clears away my distractions. :)

Great post! (Because I know about those laundry piles waiting for you)

Angie said...

Most days I wish I had a time-turner! But planning things out helps too. Great post! :)

Summer Ross said...

Writing track? there's a track for that? Where can I get one?

Lynda R Young said...

I have to use schedules and daily goals to keep myself on the writing track otherwise I'd get nothing done. I'm too easily distracted.

Patti said...

Yesterday I felt like I was so busy but when I sat down at the end of the day, I wasn't too sure about what I accomplished. And writing - well that needs to happen a lot more soon.

Jolene Perry said...

I do what Elana does with blogging. I allow for spontaneous posts, but I keep a LARGE word.doc and every time I think of something, I spew it out there. That way, when I'm short on time, or not really feeling it, I can do that.

It's really nice.

It also gives me more writing time when I HAVE writing time.

Jennifer Shirk said...

I TRY to plan my posts but it never works out. LOL
But if a blog post doesn't get posted, I don't sweat it anymore. As long as I got my writing or editing done, I'm a happy pappy.

David Powers King said...

We, too, had broken laundry machine issues. Not fun. We nicknamed the pile beside it "Mountain Linens."

Hope your day didn't get the best of you in the end. :)

Ziwei said...

Thinking about food is good for health. Who doesn't like food? :D
How do I keep myself on the writing track? I play Tetris Battle till I have no more energy left, so I can concentrate!

Al said...

There is never enough time for writing.
But commuting by train certainly helps!

Lynn said...

I understand those days, Carolyn! When there is so much to do, but you just can't start. However, I think rest and chocolate are okay sometimes! For this month I got in the groove and wrote my blog posts all in one day (so much better then last minute writing, I found)!

Robert Guthrie said...

For me, being friends w/time is key to writing.

J.R. Johansson said...

Great post, Carolyn. Loved it. Your day sounds like it is conspiring with my day. Why are they so vindictive? ;-)

L.T. Elliot said...

I think the Mad Hatter got a hold of my time. Or at the very least, my wrist watch. I have a feeling it's smeared with jam and being dunked in some lukewarm tea. That jerkwad.

Seriously, an excellent post on keeping ourselves on track. I need to improve on this one.

Carolyn Abiad said...

I find ignoring things makes them go away while I'm writing. The only exceptions being the two needy boys who live in this house...and maybe the dad. There is always a pile of laundry, but when I'm writing, I'm writing.

Shelley Sly said...

I love your posts, Carolyn. You definitely have voice. :D

I am horrible at managing time and finding time to write and blog, so I don't really have anything to share. I just squeeze it in when I can. I really should work on changing that.

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

LOL, so many things can get in the way of writing. I write at least one writing goal on my to do list for the day. I don't always get it crossed off, but if I don't write it down...it never gets done.

Elliot Grace said...

...that was so very cute, Carolyn, and unfortunately, so very reminiscent of my tedious schedule as well. Oh what I'd do for an hour's worth of silence at my keyboard!

Great post ;)

El

ali cross said...

Schedule, schedule, schedule!

I write all my blog posts on the weekend.

Then I have a strict writing time every day that I try (usually successfully) to stick to. Speaking of which ... I shouldn't be blogging anymore! It's writing time!!

Susan Fields said...

I love the idea of writing the week's blog posts all at the beginning of the week. Now if I could just get myself to sit down and do it. :)

Roxy said...

Great post, Carolyn. Unfortunately, I dislike discipline of any sort, and blocking out time for chores isn't fun, but I make myself do it because my family insists on clean laundry and plates. Good thing they push me to be organized or else nothing would get accomplished. Sorry your day is out to get you. I feel like that sometimes too. We can succeed though. With the help of dark chocolate and the love of stories that need to be told.

Michelle Teacress said...

I haven't figured it out yet. I know writing is good for me, and I love it so much - so why does everything else get in the way? Is it because I feel like I'm playing, not working like I'm supposed to? It's not as simple as just making time for it...