So (hopefully today won’t jinx it), but everyday this week I’ve sat down and wrote. I know, I know, from a writer that’s not much news, but for me, a person who usually writes in “spurts,” it’s a big deal.
Hobby Writer vs Professional Writer
I don’t really know if writing everyday is the best for me, but in this case it is a matter of expediency. I have approximately 3 weeks before school resumes and I promised to have the short story for Project Skye done upon returning for school. Once the holidays hit, my time (like most) will be restricted to family activities, so it is imperative that I carve out some time to simply write on the story everyday in order to finish it.
When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade
I’ve used this quote as the title to a blog post, but I’m using is again as inspiration to actually getting the writing done. My computer is old–it was top of the line when I bought it, but it is old now and really needs to be replaced. However, it still functions (mostly) and I usually don’t like replacing something until if finally breaks. So my laptop battery, like many laptops, has decided it really doesn’t want to hold a charge anymore so that when I take it off its charging cord, it has about 45 mins of power before it needs to be recharged again. That’s the window of time I’m using to write. I simply disconnect, write until my computer warns me that it is about to go to “sleep” due to lack of power, then reconnect it back to the charger. Simple. Easy. Effective. No internet because the WiFi adapter is “borked,” no real time to do any other processor intensive tasks like Keynote or searching for files, just the time I have remaining on the battery sensor vs. me getting the words down.
Weekday Drafter vs Weekend Writer
So, all I’ve done this week is draft, that is put words on the page. I have several projects that are already finished that I need to revise, however. I’m experimenting with doing that on the weekends. If it works out during this Winter Break, I will work to continue it during the upcoming semester. If nothing else, I’d like to become a more productive “Hobby” writer and finish more of the projects that I swirling around in my head. By revising and making my stories better on the weekend, including submitting them, and just using the weekdays to draft whatever I’m currently working on, I hope to increase my productivity, at the very least.