Merry Christmas from Writers In The Storm!
We are delighted to welcome back Louisa Bacio to talk to you about stealing time for your writing, especially during this season where it feels like everything is pulling you in a million directions. Take it away, Louisa...
Shhh! Come here. I want to share something with you. Are we alone? No one lurking, and listening?
I’ve got a secret pleasure. One that many people don’t understand. In fact, my family – who are the closest to me, and you know LIVE with me – don’t really get it.
I need to write.
Do you feel me?
And when time gets tight, the kids are off school for winter break and the holidays creep in, well, then I don’t often get that much-needed writing time.
And you know what happens when I don't write? I get cranky. It’s like my fingers itch for a keyboard. I wake in the middle of the night, dreaming about stories.
So my question is, why don’t people get it? I mean, my husband can watch college football for ten hours on a Saturday. My daughters can play with their favorite toy-of-the-day for hours on end, but if Momma wants to write? No way! It’s like I’ve got a dirty habit that needs to be done in the closet.
With so much going on, here’s how I sneak in time:
1) Gift shopping – Sneaky, I know. But I’ve been known to tell my kids that I need time to shop for presents, and I’m actually writing. Same thing goes for wrapping.
2) Notebook in the kitchen – Say what? Seriously, if you’ve got writing in your head, can you scratch out a few lines between trays of cookies?
3) AMC Family Holiday Movies – Do you really need to see Charlie Brown’s Christmas again? While Home Alone distracts the kids, get in your word count.
4) Bath time – It all depends upon the age of your child. For my almost 5-year-old daughter, if I desperately need some quiet time, I can stick her in the tub with some mermaid dolls.
5) Late nights – Yep – less sleep. Here’s some info on one of my latest releases (most of it was written very late at night when the family was asleep):
Thanks for listening, and hopefully … you don’t think any less of me. Oh, and I know that it’s like only DAYS before Christmas, but if you take a moment to commiserate and leave a comment, along with your email address (it won't show, except to the gals at WITS), I’ll pick one winner for one of the full-length books on my backlist.
What do you do to steal time for your writing? We promise not to tell!
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