Oh, and it’s not JUST writing your novel! Building a social media platform and blogging gobbles up time as well!
So in the honor of Thanksgiving, this blog is dedicated to the many thankful ways this mom-teacher-author makes time for writing.
Writing a novel is a big enough task to swallow, but blogging and tweeting and social media-ing ( yep, I made the word a verb ) means biting off more than you can chew and often having to spit out those chores that are burning yummy writing time.
Here’s my recipe.
Prep time before work
Send out a tweet or 2 while eating bowl of oatmeal
post latest blog on Facebook groups ( Monday is a BIG day–make sure to use the #MondayBlogs hashtag)
look at last words I wrote of work-in-progress so next scene can marinate while commuting
tweet while standing in line at Starbucks
note any ideas/keywords/phrases after car is parked
Preheating the creative oven during work
tweet or check tweets while walking to bathroom or during passing period
- any flashes of brilliance are stored in one of my idea vaults ( See Idea Vaults )
Stuffing in the social media data during lunch
check Facebook and Twitter
read blogs or articles
- check email
save links or forward links to read at home
Basting those priorities while driving home and while running errands ( bank, grocery store, dry cleaners)
deciding the best use of my time for the next few hours
Carving those juicy hours. I have only about 3 hours before the brain shuts down and the eyes glaze over, therefore I maximize whatever the brain is capable of.
- Sizzling hot brain: Excels at plotting, outlining, and writing first drafts. Dinner isn’t happening! Neither is laundry nor any other household task. The phone goes unanswered. I respond with hand signals. ( See Hand Signals for Writers.) This is PRIME time.
- Room temperature brain: Handles re-writes, editing, and blogging. Making dinner, throwing in a load of laundry, talking to kiddos and hubby, paying a bill–these don’t require creative intensity. Interruptions are OK, and the family gets dinner.
- Refrigerator Brain: Capable of tweeting, liking, and commenting on various social media platforms. Cold brain is also good for pinning photos on Pinterest, reading blogs/articles, researching, annotating, reading, and trashing spam. This is my “down time.”
Those three hours during the weekday are deliciously precious. I don’t watch TV; however, I will watch something on Netflix while on the treadmill.
The Smorgasbord Weekend
This is the time I get the most accomplished and when the most progress is made on a manuscript. I work from morning until my vision gets blurry because without the 1 &1/2 hr commute, the 200+ student questions, and 5 am wake time the ol’ sizzling brain stays hot.
Why it’s gravy: I love writing and enjoy the entire process so it’s not work—it’s a joy.