Wednesday, June 1, 2016

IWSG: Home Writing (Just Isn't Happening)

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How? How in the world is it June already? And it's going to be hard for me to savor this month and not wish it gone quickly, as I go on vacation at the beginning of July. But enough about that! You're here to hear me spill about my latest writer worry-bender. 

I'm feeling not too shabby, to be honest. As some of you may have read earlier in the week, I got an acceptance for my short story "Prina and the Pea", which will be published in Circuits and Slippers, September 2016. C&S is an anthology that mixes fairy tale retellings w/sci-fi elements, so I'm really looking forward to reading it, as how fun are those two together? 

But as to insecurities, my work ethic as of late has been driving me crazy. I pretty much can't write at home anymore. I do the majority of my writing at work, as I sit in my cubicle all day, answering the phone (yup, I work at a call center!). Some days I'm too busy to get in more than 50 words or so. Other days, we're much slower, and the word count adds up to much higher. 

Then the weekend comes, and I think, yup, I can fit in another 500 words. Maybe even 1000! And...nope. I'm too busy doing housework, grocery shopping, and yard work to get in the writing. And when I do find a spare moment, I just want to read or watch TV, or dabble w/diy stuff. 

Which I know playing catch-up and relaxing is important in the grand scheme of things, but still. If I want to finish my latest WiP in the goal I've set for myself (a year from beginning to end, revisions, cp edits, more revision, and final polishing), then I need to find time to squeeze in some home writing.

So tonight! Tonight I will write. But wait...wasn't I planning on going running *groan* once the kidlet was in bed? Which means I'll come back too exhausted to think. So maybe...tomorrow night? ;) 

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  1. With my kiddo out of school, it's become much harder to find time. I always feel like I'm playing catch up!

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  2. I always have a hard time writing over the summer because my kids are out of school. There's just so much to do and so many places to go, and the yardwork never ends... I hope you find time to squeeze in more writing. Congrats on your story acceptance!

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    1. Summer has so many enjoyable things to do! Maybe I could bring my laptop out and write will the kidlet is playing. But then the computer is in danger of getting doused w/a squirt gun, one of his fav outside activities. =)

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  3. I have such a hard time writing even if I have free time. There always seems to be something else that needs to get done, or I'm just too tired.

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    1. Definitely hear you on the tiredness. Especially at the end of the day. I have no juice left to be creative on. =/

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  4. I had a strict writing schedule for the months of April and May, 1K words each day, if I skipped, then the next day it would become 2K words. That's how I managed to write the first draft of my new MS. Hope you get some writing done this month.

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    1. I would love to get 2K a day. Heck, even 1K! =) And thanks, me too!

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  5. I can only do it with a strict schedule - write or die, brain fried or not. Otherwise, there's just always stuff. (Although definitely go for your run, because that's good for your body.)

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    1. I feel like that saying should be on a tshirt. ;)

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  6. I write mainly at my day job too, yet I do write at home when I'm there. It's so much harder and not nearly as satisfying, but even five words is better than zero. Good luck!

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  7. I'm with Alex. It's write or die. Keep up the running and give yourself a time cap on what to write. I run first thing in the morning, and spend the rest of the day typing and reading. My ADD requires at least three miles of running first. Ha!

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    1. Whoa on the three miles! I'm good to get down one entire street, lol!

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  8. With summer coming, I worry about writing too. But I feel worse when I don't write. It comes first. Well, my kids do. So, writing is second. Before housework. Before dinner.

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    1. I wish writing could come before dinner every single day. Cooking, bleh. ;)

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  9. Finding the motivation is so difficult sometimes. I used to get a ton of writing done at my day job as well. I think I write less now that I'm home. I give myself a sticker for every day I write. It used to be every day I hit 500 words, but then I wouldn't try, so I got one even if I only wrote a sentence. It's kind of crazy and immature that a blue sticker on a calendar (with the number of words I wrote on it) motivated me, but whatever works, right?

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    1. Hey, stickers are awesome! I'll see packs at the store and want to buy them for myself. =) I'd love to get 500 words a day right now. Even 200!

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  10. Congrats on your story acceptance! I love the title and the sci-fairy tale mashup. Can't wait to read it.
    I'm with you on the home thing. Sometimes it's harder because there's all those distractions--nonwriting things you can do. Do you ever go to a coffee shop to write? I don't do it very often, but that sometimes helps me to just focus on writing and nothing else.

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    1. I've gone to the bookstore before to write. But I've only done that once since the kidlet was born. I would like to be able to find a baby-sitter someday, and go to cafes and the like, sounds peaceful! =)

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  11. Ah, I know how hard it's been for you to find the time to write. I wish I had the answer for you! Maybe break it up so you try to write at home a couple nights a week and take time out for reading/TV one or two nights a week? You can do this! I know you can. :)

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    1. Thanks, friend! I know I always eventually get it done, just in the middle of it, it feels like I'm going so slow I'm going backwards! =)

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  12. Wow. Okay, so I don't work in a call center (anymore) but your post seriously mirrors my life. I write on my lunch while at work, and then come weekend, it's chores and family, and then Tuesday and Thursday it's running in the evening and Wed and Friday it's Little Ninjas for the girl and Monday, well, there's always trying to play catch-up.

    I've found what works best for me is to go to work a half-hour early and write before my shift starts. Maybe that's an option for you?

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    1. I wish I could, but the baby-sitters would not like me dropping him off an earlier. =) Sounds like we have the same crazy (but great!) life going on.

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  13. Oh I hear ya on finding the time to sneak in some words! And not be exhausted while doing so. It's not been easy for me either, and I can't write at work. Somehow I'll work it out....or so I tell myself :)

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    1. Being tired and trying to work is the worst. It's like your brain is just all: Leave me alone, I'm trying to sleep. Five more minutes! ;)

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  14. Congratulations on your acceptance, Leandra! That is so exciting! Good luck corralling some writing time. This is the true challenge for all writers who have full, active lives (which is pretty much every writer I know!). There is never enough time! :-)

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  15. That is my story - when I do find a spare moment, I just want to read or watch TV, or dabble with something else.

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    1. Yup, as much as I love writing, I sure do find other things to do instead. =)

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  16. Time isn't always on our side. ;) With my daughter home for the summer, I'm struggling to find time to work too.

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  17. I feel your pain. Since I started homeschooling, writing time is at a premium. One more week 'til summer break!

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  18. You're not alone. At the end of every day I wonder: where did the time go?!

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  19. I remember the days of working in an office--yes, I snuck in lots of writing during the work week. And yes, weekends were for catching up on everything else!

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  20. Congrats on your publication. That mix of fairytale and Sci-fi does sound amazing! I look forward to the anthology's release. 😊

    I always struggle to find time to write. I'm a stay at home mom so it takes a lot of planning to get even 1 half hour per day. I sometimes miss my job bc I would also take advantage of downtime to write. 😉

    Congrats again!

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  21. I made it...a bit late but, I'm here!
    Congrats on your story being accepted for publication! Awesome!
    Yes, it's June already. Can you believe it? How did that happen? I have no idea.
    I'm just hanging in there at my tortoise pace...slow and steady.
    I hope you've managed to squeeze in loads of home writing!
    Writer In Transit

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