The puzzle of writingOne of the most common complaints I hear is that of having “no time to write.”

While I can relate and I’ve approached this topic before, I thought I’d make yet another suggestion meant to inspire you not to give up, but to pursue this elusive dream no matter what!

If you just can’t block out dedicated writing time, then write whenever and wherever you can – your lunch break in a park or in your car; the doctor’s office waiting to be seen; before work in those few precious moments between the first cup of coffee and your morning shower.

I know. It’s disjointed. Fragmented (like this paragraph.) Who cares? Don’t let that stop you! And remember – no one can MAKE you write your book in a linear format!

Maybe writing from point A to point B isn’t important! Maybe a great scene pops into your head with that first cup of java and demands to be written – but it doesn’t belong anywhere near where you are in the story! Who cares?

You’re the boss! Don’t be stopped by the conventions. Yes, of course, your finished story must flow easily and powerfully from point A to point B, but you don’t have to construct it that way when writing your first draft. That’s done during editing phases. LATER!

If you’re stuck on something, put it aside and write another scene. I’m sure the answers you seek for that stuck chapter will appear when you are willing to let it be and continue on with your writing. Just don’t stop!

You will have a finished novel if you write something on it every day. One page a day for a year will result in a 365 page novel! Two pages a day will result in a 365 page novel in 6 months. Use whatever math works for you. This is up to you – don’t be a victim of the linear culture—it can be done!

Be brave and break convention. Follow the words and capture them on the paper. You can’t edit what you don’t have written – so the first step to a completed book, is always to write that first draft!

Keep reading and writing! Nancy Q.


About NL Quatrano

Award-winning author, speaker, editor and ghost writer, Nancy owns a full-time editing, writing and specialty publishing business: On-Target Words/WC Publishing. Volunteer/member of professional writing organizations including Florida Writers Assoc., Sisters in Crime, and AWAI. 2010 Professional Woman of the Year by the NAPW. Linked in Editor Pick May 2013. International Women's Leadership Association nominee for Outstanding Leadership 2014. Author of Murder in Black and White, Still Shot, Merciful Blessings, and numerous published short stories.
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2 Responses to DON’T MUDDLE – WRITE

  1. Jeff Swesky says:

    Great advice, Nancy!! I’m going to muddle through some prose this morning, even though I’m not fully awake! 😉

  2. Jeff Swesky says:

    Reblogged this on Nothing Like We Imagined and commented:
    Fellow writers, don’t fall victim to “writer’s block”! Here’s a bit of writing wisdom and motivation from my dear friend, Nancy, explaining that there’s no excuse for not writing. Good luck with your projects!

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