ComStar ID: LYA-008C
Joined: 02 Aug 2004
Location: Wilmington, NC, USA
Posted: 31 May 2005 06:24 Post subject:
So when do you find time to write?
... with a full family, full time job and having never sold anything in all the time my wife has known me she sees it mostly as me just playing on my computer.
When you were first inundating Loren how do you set aside the time?
Prior to the first sale is difficult. My wife also called it "sitting in front of the computer." I used to write on legal pads and transcribe later. Now I have a laptop. That way I'm not just sitting in the kitchen staring at the wall with my hands on the keyboard all the time.
The only thing to do is treat it like a job. Figure every day you will write x-number of words. You have to, just like you have to go to work.
Due to having been down-sized and needing to return to school for a modern--useful--degree, my wife has not worked for several years. I held a full-time (mental health) and two part time (paper route and community college instructor) while writing prior to my first sale. At that time my goal was 500 words a day no matter what. My second and third sales to Star Trek earned me enough to give up the paper route. Since I function well on six hours' sleep and don't mind getting up early, this freed up about twelve pre-dawn hours a week. The stories I innundated Loren with were usually written before I got the youngest up for school. BattleCorps has taken the place of the community college. However, most of my freed-up evening time goes to my wife and family.
I still work a full-time job, but every day I write 1000 words and try for 2000. I don't care how tired I am, I don't go to bed before Ihave the 1000 words.
I keep a log of how many words I wrote each day and for which project. I know some writers who log their hours instead, devoting 20 or so hours a week to writing no matter how much they produce. It is VERY helpful for both you and your family if you block a certain time each day for writing. Treat it like a job and they, eventually, will also treat it like a job. (Special note: Do any and all household chores first. Very important. Otherwise sitting in front of the computer *looks* like something you're doing to avoid work.)
Mostly it comes down to realizing it's a job -- not something you hope to do so you won't have to work anymore. If you treat it like a job, not your artistic calling, and behave like you are working, support comes. And so, eventually, do sales.
-- KeVin K.
"It's your dream; make it work." -- Valerie K.
Freakin awesome advice from one of the best new writers I've seen in a Dark Age.