Struggling to find the time to sit down with your novel between working, sleeping, commuting, eating [and drinking], hoovering the house, running around after your family, socialising, sleeping again...? Here are published author and writing guru Jane Wenham-Jones' top tips for making time for yourself and your book.
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Although this entire article is written to the married-with-children-work-at-home indie author (which I am soooo definitely NOT), I do particularly like Tip #5. I don't drink (alcoholic beverages of any kind and yes, beer & wine count!) but I used to hang out at a Panera Bread coffee shop with about 6 other freelance writers and freelance journalists. It was ideal. We had the 4 C's of Writing Life: Coffee, connectivity, chocolate and company. And headphones for our laptops' MP3 players (grin)
We'd all camp out at our own little tables for that productive solitary time but every once in a while, someone would get up to stretch and go "visit" across the aisle with one or another of the colleagues who hadn't gotten up for more than 3 hours. It was working alone, with company. We kept each other from sitting still for too long. Yes, we did health checks on each other! Great rationalization, no? *haha*
Find a coffee shop with free WiFi (or a local pub if you can actually write well while under the influence; I've found most people write a lot, but poorly, while intoxicated and they never realize just how poorly until later...when they have to read and attempt to edit/salvage the work). Try to find one that has journalists or other freelance writers hanging out for the bottomless cup of coffee and free connectivity. Strike up a conversation with them. Then put on your headphones and open up the MP3 player alongside Word and get to work! You have 3 hours until your spine needs stretching. How much can you get done in 3 hours? ^_^
Be sure to stop back in about 5 hours to catch today's regularly scheduled Tuesday Tip!