May 17, 2011

So, after the calendar flipped over to May, I experienced a deluge of activity on my calendar requiring me to be anywhere and everywhere but here at my desk. With the school year ending and a half marathon training that popped up in the last several months coming to a boil, it seems I am back in that frustrating place of carving out time to read and write.

I have gone back to my old habit of stealing the random moments from my day. 10 minutes here, 15 there. After months of scheduled blocks of daily writing time, this feels almost futile.  I have to remind myself that it isn’t, and that I actually wrote my first book in the stolen moments.  Revising this draft feels like its happening at a snail’s pace in comparison and that is hard.

I carry my netbook with me everywhere and try to immerse myself in those idle times.  I am determined to get through this patch with some progress, no matter how small.

My critique partners are probably wondering if I have been abducted by aliens. Don’t worry, I am splitting my time between reading and writing!  My poor blog feels like a lonely soul. I am trying to get everything all caught up before I leave in June for my writer’s retreat.

How do you carve out time to read and write?  I’d love to hear ideas.

Still reading: Nightshade by Andrea Cremer – omg its getting good!
Listening to: Rescue by Anita Shreve. The daughter in this story is named Rowan and it is jarring to me.

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  1. When I have days I don’t have time to write I try not to fret. If I can squeeze some time in great but if the day just ends up being too busy and I don’t feel like writing the only moment I got to sit down I let myself relax. Sure it’s important to write a lot but I also believe you have to give yourself a moment to not care if you get something written. One day off at least once a month. ^-^

  2. When I’m not completely wiped out from my work schedule…I get up around 4am and write until the kids get up. For me, summer is writing season so I am totally looking forward to getting back to a more religious routine.

    Now if only that book contract would come through…

  3. I have always had a patch of time during the week while the boys are in school. School is over tomorrow, so I am not sure how I will juggle my writing schedule. I always read at night; write during the day. Anymore, night writing is not productive.
    You’ll work through it all. Don’t worry.

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