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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Writing Wednesday - Isolation

My 2.5 for 40 was going great until last weekend. With Mother's Day, I didn't spend much time working (or praying). So I'm between 3 and 4 hours behind the 25 hours I should be at as of the end of Tuesday night.

But when it comes down to it, I've done over 7 hours of editing Kinyn, over 7 hours of planning and writing my newest novel, and almost daily Bible reading (got off-track one day). That's not too bad for 10 days, but I'm going to try to "catch up" this weekend.

One thing I will say--today we celebrated a (wonderful) co-worker's birthday at lunch, so I wasn't able to write. That threw me off for the whole evening. Not an excuse, but kind of a warning....sometimes changes in schedule can cause challenges.

Another writing post I drafted while on vacation! How funny that it's about focus.


So while stuck in a small seat along with like 130 (?) of my closest friends, with absolutely no Internet or even cell phone, and while being kicked from behind by a child sitting in someone's lap, I accomplished about 1.5 hours of planning for my novel. Unfortunately, I was in the air for about 3.5 hours. It got boring so I ended up stopping. I probably could have WRITTEN for longer but I find planning so draining and dull...but if I hadn't brought a book along I reckon I would've done another hour of planning (or, perhaps, started writing a new novel or short story!).

Takeaway? I am (and maybe you are) most likely to get work done when it becomes the most appealing option. I love writing, but honestly, I love going down Internet rabbit holes more (that's bad). I also love typing to friends and family more (that's fine--people are more important than books--but still needs to be monitored). But I strongly prefer writing fiction to my day job. So it is comparatively easy to get some writing done in the lunch room every day. On the other hand, when I was unemployed I initially got LESS writing done, because goofing off is more fun than writing.

That's why I adore writing with Maggie. I can combine my love of writing with my love of 'hanging out' with a friend online. And together we wrote the best book I've ever had a hand in.

How do you get motivated to write?

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