Be Ruthless About Protecting Writing Days

June 4, 2015

Today is article-writing day after a week not writing anything. I'm dying to get back to my fiction. I miss the characters. I must focus on the ice cream article I'm writing for Beer Connoisseur,though, because I've got a deadline on Monday. 

One of the things I never thought about before making writing my full-time job was how much time it takes. There are some writers who can sit on trains in the middle of the chaotic universe and write tomes. There are some who are social butterflies, out partying with friends before returning home or going to the coffee shop to spin out their tales. I am not either one of these kinds of writers. I can't concentrate on my work when I'm out in public. It's too tempting to people watch instead. And social outings make me very happy, but I need time afterwards to recharge and sink back into the world I've created.

J.K. Rowling has said, "Be ruthless about protecting writing days, i.e., Do not cave in to endless requests to have 'essential' and 'long overdue' meetings on those days."

It is hard to be ruthless about those things, but she's right--for me, at least. When I am in my story, no other world exists. When I am having lunch every other day, my story world seems far away.

Mud Slinging Critical Voice

April 28, 2015

The last couple of weeks have been a bit brutal on my fiction writing schedule. My writing coach, Lori DeBoer, assures me I'm normal for sinking into a mud puddle of doubt sometimes. The key is to remember the mud is just external. It doesn't make me who I am or even express what kind of writer I am. It's just there, part of the process, part of being creative and having the kind of critical voice that likes to throw mud balls.

As I'm thinking about it, a mud fight sounds kinda fun right about now.