So now the house will be quiet from 9 till 3, and I should have oodles of time for writing in peace. The funny thing is, most of my published books were written while I still had one or more children at home, or during school holidays. I think this is because I learned to make the most of the opportunities that I did get to write. I wrote the two stories which make up Doggy Duo sitting at the kitchen table, writing in longhand while I drank my afternoon coffee and the kids buzzed around. Pemberthy and Floatingest were both written while I had two Murphlets still at home. Again, I snatched moments while they were playing, or waited until they were asleep.
So, if you have kids at home, or work fulltime, or have another barrier in the way of finding quality writing time, don’t despair. You can make the time, you can find the time, you can even steal the time (who needs an ironed pillowcase anyway?). If you are determined to write, you’ll do so.
Good luck with it.
Anyway, as I said, this is advice I often give, but it’s not advice I always follow myself. I’m time-starved and sometimes feel resentful at the prospect of giving up work time to learn. But I have resolved this year to spend a little more time reading what others have to say, and today have been reading the opening ‘pages’ of Advice on Novel Writing by Crawford Kilian, which I came across online. So far I’ve only read the section on Efficient Work Habits, but as I read I found myself nodding my head at much of it – stuff I already knew but which I needed to be reminded about. His suggestion about writing letters to yourself as you write – much as an editor might write to you during the editing process – was a new one, but interesting.
Anyway, if you’re stuck for a little inspiration yourself, or just needing some good writing advice, this site may be worth browsing. As I come across others, I’ll post them here.
coming in at number nine.
Anyway, here I am dressed up for the Corrigin Australian Day Breakfast. I had fun with the temporary tattoos, though you can see only one in the photo. The other essential item for my annual Australia Day costume is the earrings, miniature Australia-shapes, with the flag on them (you can see them in the second photo). I’ve had the earrings for more than twenty years and remember them as being only a few dollars when I bought them, so they’ve done well.
After attending the breakfast with five of the Murphlets and my beloved, I had a relaxing day – watched the women’s final of the Australian Open Tennis, a little of the Australia versus India cricket test, and also took the Murphlets to the local pool for a cool down, and the annual bombie competition. Lots of fun.
Also finished reading three books – Victory, by Gary Crew, a wonderful Aussie author, and two little chapter books from the Captain Cal series.
All in all a pretty good day – community, family, sport, and, of course, good books
I hope you had a similarly full and enjoyable Australia Day if you’re an Aussie and, if you’re not, that you spared a thought for Australia – a pretty good country, if I do say so myself.