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June 20, 2011


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Realistic? Moi!? I only want to write best sellers, right? Hee, hee.

I was reading something I'd once written a few days ago and somewhere in there was this bit about a woman who'd always wanted to write but was scared of doing it and failing...then she published and her worry turned to fear of doing so well she'd be recognized and...

There is always another fear is the point. There is always a reason not to do things. As well as do!

Donna Cummings

Maureen, you're right about there always being another fear, because each step up the ladder has its own new challenges. :) And it's understandable that we wonder if we're able to face those new situations. So yeah, it would just be easier to write bestsellers!


It's amazing how it focuses me to have to squeeze in writing (a) between 3:30 and 5:30 a.m. and (b) when my son takes a nap. It's all the time I have, and because of that, I *want* to write. Desperately. And I do write. No screwing around. I get about 2,000 words done and edited every day. I think if I had all day to write, I'd probably get about 2,000 words done and edited every day, and I'd spend the rest of the time faffing around!


Ever since I set aside my lunch break to write I've been way more productive. The trick was to leave my office and walk across the street to Borders Cafe. Before doing that all I did was end up working still while I should have been writing (or eating!).

At home it's still tough. Hubby doesn't understand that askign me to find something every 30 minutes is interrupting my flow. He doesn't see it as bothering me since I'm "in thre for hours". But when you keep getting interuppted it's not easy to let the words flow!

Donna Cummings

Ruthie, you've been watching me write, haven't you? LOL There's something compelling about deadlines--such a powerful motivator--which is why NaNoWriMo works for me. It keeps things headed the right direction.

I really like that having less time available makes you WANT to write. That's the way it should be, shouldn't it? :)

Donna Cummings

Sabrina, I have to laugh at your husband's reaction--it's just like when you're reading and someone comes into the room and starts talking, because "you're not doing anything".

And that's a great strategy, getting away from your desk at work. Because we can feel guilty about not doing work things, even though you work better after you've taken a break. Writing is a nice way to escape that too. :)

Kari Marie

That last tip is what really keeps me going. If I don't show up at the keyboard, nothing gets done. The more consistently I stick to a time, the more consistently the ideas surface at the right moment too.

Donna Cummings

Kari Marie, I agree that it's good to train the brain to sit down and start writing. My brain is a bit unruly, but if I say, "This is what we're doing for this hour", it generally cooperates. And then we actually accomplish something. :)

julie gardner

Awesome advice...but now I'm facing the fearsome CHILD BOSSES. Home for the summer. Having me wondering who thought it was a good idea to hire them in the first place.

(I like "hire" as a euphemism for being pregnant for nine months and then squeezing them out while moaning in pain...)


Back to the writing. I WANT to be writing. But every summer it's the same thing.

I feel guilt when I'm not entertaining the kids.

If I'm writing, they are not "doing something great!"

So I'm planning to at least do a lot of reading with them this summer.

That's kind of like research, right?

Donna Cummings

Julie, you always make me laugh. I like your definition of "hire". No wonder I don't have any employees. LOL

Don't feel guilty about not writing when you have children to enjoy and entertain. :) This post, like most of mine, is a little nudge for ME. LOL

But maybe you can sneak in your writing when they're still sleeping til noon, or maybe you can send them off on an hour-long scavenger hunt. LOL Besides, you have such fun adventures in life, so it all counts as "writing time". :)

Terri Osburn

I'm a terrible employee. You see, I'm not good with authority figures. Which means that voice in my head saying, "You should really be upstairs writing" while I'm on the couch watching something on television is most annoying. And she NEVER shuts up about it. It's not like she pays me to do this.

OTOH, I WANT to write and I actually enjoy it. Which is why putting it off never makes much sense to me. Last night I rearranged my bedroom so it is now half bedroof/half office. I'm liking the set up and hoping the writing chi will flow, resulting in the words flowing.

(I realize I gave no advice. I have none to share. *g*)

Terri Osburn

That should be half bedrooM. *sigh* I don't have a canopy so no bedroof.

Donna Cummings

Terri, I'm not so good with authority either, especially when *I* am the authority figure. LOL (And I actually liked "bedroof" -- it sounded like a sexy place to be! I'm sure it'll help the words flow.)

No advice is needed. :) It gives us an insight into internal conflict, though, doesn't it? We want two opposing things, and we have to fight ourselves over it.

Terri Osburn

Donna, if the words do start to flow, then my advice will be to Feng Shui your house.

Donna Cummings

Terri, I've always been fascinated by Feng Shui. Maybe I need to do that here anyway. Mmmm.

Terri Osburn

I read a Vicki Lewis Thompson book years ago with a decorator heroine into Feng Shui. I've been interested ever since. This is the book I bought recently. (Found it on the bargain shelf at B&N. LOL!)


Donna Cummings

Oops, I just learned not to click on the link up there while typing my comment. LOL

Terri, I had a Feng Shui book a while ago. It's probably buried in one of the 1400 boxes of books I've got. But this sounds a little more approachable. I've got 10 minutes to devote to it. What does it say we need to do for a book contract? :)

Terri Osburn

I don't see anything about a book contract, but there are ways to enhance prosperity. This one could apply to writing, or at least the writing area.

"Clear the passageways to and through your home office or work area. When your workplace is free of obstrutions, you - and ch'i - can move through the space easily and function more effectively, so your ability to generate wealth is enhanced."

I moved my room around last night, clearing the clutter and repositioning my desk. Tonight I turned out 1K words. I'd say this works. :)

Donna Cummings

I'd definitely say that works! Good for you. I think something must have been blocking my 1k words tonight. I better fix that in the morning. :)


Often I find that when I'm stalled at the keyboard, it's that the scene just isn't ready to be written.
I'll take a walk, or wash dishes or take a shower...while thinking about the characters and the scene. If I wait until I've noodled it around awhile then usually I'm in a hurry to get to the computer and write down at least part of it before I forget what I had worked out in my head.

Donna Cummings

Melissa, that's a great point. Sometimes we have to let the writing percolate for a little while, and it will decide when it's time to make an appearance. I'm always amazed at how much writing is done in my head while I'm washing dishes or taking a shower. It seems to be part of the writer's toolbox. :)

Liz Fichera

I think giving myself word count goals every day helps. Some days the words are better than others, though, that's for sure!

Donna Cummings

Liz, I think the daily word count goal is one of the best motivators. It's something that's fairly attainable, and once it's met, it's easy to set another one. And yes, some words are better than others!

Terri Osburn

Reporting in. 1K more words last night. Feng Shui FTW!

Donna Cummings

Wow, that's great! I need to do some rearranging today -- my wordcount seems to have gone missing for some reason.

*glares at Terri* LOL

Terri Osburn

Don't glare at me. LOL! It's your Ch'i. The 1K I wrote last night was on a new story that took over my brain on the way home from work last night. An idea that came to me years ago. Apparently, the characters are DONE waiting for me to get to them.

So I'm writing two WIPs. Pray for me.

Donna Cummings

Look at you with your bad self! LOL

And you'll have fun with two WIPs. When one set of characters decides not to work, the other will. It keeps them competitive. And color me amused (I remember when I did a blog post on this recently and you couldn't imagine doing it. LOL)

Okay, I'm off to write, finally. I had to do some computer updates with online tech support. So far so good. *fingers crossed*

Terri Osburn

I know. I totally deserve that subtle neener-neener-boo-boo.

*crossed as requested*

Donna Cummings

It wasn't a neener comment. LOL It happens to me all the time, whenever I say "I'll never", then BOOM. . .I'm right in the middle of the thing that I didn't think I could do. :)

Laura Marcella

I set daily and weekly goals. I make them realistic so I can reach them. More often than not, I surpass my goals each week! When I'm having trouble, I do a fun writing prompt. That gets the ball rolling and I can continue on my wip.

Great tips here!

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