Tight on time? Books don’t write themselves.

Time

Everyone gets tied up and loses track of time.  Things happen and we all become tight on time.  There aren’t enough hours in the day.  Book writing can suffer if one does not dedicate time to them, or they can take a lot longer to write.  Books don’t write themselves.

I have been overly tied up with various activities this year.  I have, at the time of this writing, a nine month old daughter who is taking up most of my time.  It makes it hard to dedicate my time to writing, but I must do what I can when I can.  I am putting every effort I can to get the new series done as soon as possible.

Not to worry – The Sheriff series will continue as well, though it will be longer in between releases.  Books do not write themselves and I cannot create time in the day.  I am working to improve my writing style and bring you better books as well.  This means I am doing research, taking classes and becoming a better writer overall.  This, again, takes time.  I have discovered some time saving tips though.

If you are writing a book – ideas constantly come into your head as you are writing.  Make sure to note them down.  Google Keep is what I use to jot notes down for a book.  Once I incorporate them I check them off a list.  My phone is always with me, so it doesn’t matter whether I am out shopping or sleeping in bed, my phone is within arms reach.  It is amazing how many ideas come to mind before falling asleep or while you are asleep.

Set a goal.  Sometimes goals are a certain time period every day to write.  My goal has been the amount of writing I do when I can.  A chapter is my goal.  This is sometimes hard and I will write a pseudo chapter to finish it off if need be.  A pseudo chapter is essentially an outline so I can remember exactly where my thought process was.  Never take a break in the middle of a chapter without having some idea of where you were headed.  Some writers prefer to have a paragraph or two written in a chapter as they simply re-read those two paragraphs and move on.  This is fine, if you can remember exactly the direction you were headed.  Sometimes writers don’t care which direction they were headed, they just want to go whatever direction it is they want to at that time.  This is fine, but it does not work for everyone.

Clear you mind before writing.  Write a paragraph or two of absolutely nothing related to the book.  Sometimes it helps to even move a story along depending on what you are thinking about at the time.  Lets try it now, I am going to write a paragraph without any purpose other than to throw the current thoughts in my head into bytes on the WWW:

I need to print pictures of my daughter before they get backlogged.  Posting them on OneDrive so my family can see them is very important.  My car needs inspected this month and the registration is due on my truck.  How am I going to go about solving the personal dilemma within my character?  I wonder if the powerball will be hit tonight.  Why didn’t I put the scissors back.  They are just laying on my desk in front of my keyboard.  What was I cutting with them?  Oh, right – coupons for the wife.  I will have to put them back when I am done this blog post.

There is absolutely no purpose, rhyme or reason to the thoughts that come out, but it helps clear your head before you sit down writing.  I find this very useful when I have a busy life to try and get some good work done on a book.

 

Speaking of which, I better get to writing a chapter.  On a side note, I just picked up John Hart’s:  Redemption Road.  Have any of you read it?  What do you think?  I look forward to reading it here in the very near future.

John Hart: Redemption Road