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Day 16: Sometimes even coffee can’t help!

The most challenging part of my book process is also the most basic: the writing of it. Words from my creative mind to the page–yeah, that’s the hardest. It all comes down to time, and to produce a book I cannot rely on summer breaks only. I must write during the school year.

Photo: dfactory (Creative Commons Flickr)
Photo: dfactory (Creative Commons Flickr)

It’s either 4:00 a.m. or 4:00 p.m., pick my poison. Yes, I am a morning person–without an alarm I wake up at 5:00 a.m., don’t hate me!

Even so, there’s early and then there’s insanity. No way can I write at four in the morning!

So it’s after school or during school. Yes, sometimes I write alongside my high school students, ย using the ten-minute free write for blog posts and chapter ideas–and those ever-growing lists of stuff to be done. Their faces at the beginning of the year, when I hold up last year’s word-filled notebook (the same kind as theirs) and flip through the pages! A study in wonder. “I’ve worked in here to the timer, same as you,” I tell them. “And I’ve pulled from my creative mind chapters of material. Right at this table.”

The remainder of the process–editing, formatting, promotion–can be boiled down to tasks.ย Things to be done, which don’t involve filling blank pages with creative thought. (Well, unless it’s a bio!) When I have enough books in my “stable,” perhaps some of these can be hired out.

Five minutes to go! The remaining two chapters of Darcy By Any Other Name are scheduled for my after-school time, so I’m being strict about blogging before school. I’ll be signing off and heading up to audio-visual storage to snag a projector for writing class. Otherwise my high school students will be huddled around my laptop.

Thanks for stopping by. Oh, and Happy Monday!

10 thoughts on “Day 16: Sometimes even coffee can’t help!

        1. It has taken my husband many years of watching me to realize that if he doesn’t make time for what he wants to do, there will never be time.

          We can’t just slog along doing only the “duty” stuff. Those are important, but carving out time for coffee with a friend, or time to participate with a musical group, or time to write–these are what add richness–skylights–to life. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  1. I love that you write through the timer with your students! What a wonderful demonstration, and an act of creative camaraderie!

    As for early morning… I find that’s when I get my most creative writing done. I’ll start at 4:30 and pound out 4000 words by 7:00… then I have to go back and read what came out because: pre-coffee haze. Usually I really love it. Most of the time, it feels like cheating… I don’t feel like *I* wrote it because I hardly remember my own name at that hour. LOL

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    1. Thanks for the encouragement to start early, Shanan. This might be a workable solution–if I can somehow get to bed early enough. And not have so many morning tasks (breakfast, lunch, laundry…).

      I tell my students that someone has to write the movies, the novels, the songs for the next generation–and that it might as well be them. Their faces! Dawning realization that ordinary people can do extraordinary things. Not magically, but through diligent craftsmanship and persistence.

      Thanks so much for stopping by. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. The breakfast, lunch, laundry… I’ve solved that problem…

        Breakfast: Shakeology. Every day. Healthy, full of everything I need. Keeps me full until lunch. Takes 5 minutes, max.

        Lunch: Pack it the night before. Make extra dinner and put it directly into your to-go boxes… or make up a sandwich and pull together some fruit and veggies and put it all in one spot in the fridge. Grab and go in the morning!

        Laundry: Get totally caught up… then… every day (or two or three, depending on how often you create a load), throw the load into the wash on your way out the door in the morning. Pop it into the dryer RIGHT when you get home. Fold and put away before bed. You. Will. Never. Have. Laundry. Again! (Do sheets and towels on the weekends ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

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        1. Shanan, my girl, game ON. ๐Ÿ™‚

          I went to bed earlier and got up this morning (Wednesday) at 4:30. Opened the file, got the pomodoro timer going, and in 25 minutes I cranked out 569 words on the novel. Not bad! Hey, thanks for the encouragement to squeeze out time during those early hours!

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