I’ve forgotten now, which wonderful NJRW published author did a workshop on this topic, but I remember the fun we had that day. And, several other authors along the way on this 20-year journey have added their sage input as well.
So, here is my interpretation of all those wonderful words of wisdom – it isn’t new, but I think it’s important to embrace who YOU are as a writer. Otherwise, you probably won’t finish your novel, or ever send out that article and collect your first check.
- There is no right time.
- When you are writing, don’t worry about editing.
- Write every day. Build that new habit into a strong muscle!
- Are you a morning person? (I am not…) Get up a half-hour earlier, brush your teeth, grab a cup of coffee and get to your work space and write for 20 minutes! Don’t edit, don’t research – just write! If your natural creative clock is mornings, you’ll write some super stuff!
- Are you a night-owl? (This is me…) Once I’d gotten homework done, the laundry folded and the mail sorted, I used to retreat to my basement office and write for an hour. Some of it was good, some not, but again, keeping that promise to myself to write every day was more important than quality. My creative brain works better at the end of the day. Can’t explain it – guess it’s too tired to care about logic maybe?
- Are you somewhere in between? Perhaps your lunch time would work for you. I can remember writing during my lunch breaks at the office when I wasn’t able to write that evening.
- Never leave home without a pen, notebook or index cards on you!!
- If you can’t schedule a set time every day, just be sure to WRITE EVERY DAY. When April Kihlstrom first introduced her BIAW challenge (Book in a Week) more than 20 years ago, I learned some awesome things! One of the most valuable lessons I learned was to make good use of any time during the day for writing. Sitting at the doctor’s office? Waiting for the kids to get done with soccer? Waiting for the car wash? Those little snippets of time will add up with a good word count!
So, is there a right time to write? Absolutely – whatever time you write is your right time! Remember, as I heard Nora Robert’s say more than once -“You can’t edit a blank page!”
Keep writing and reading!! Nancy Q.