Darned if best intentions, scheduled schedules, and even well thought out plans, don’t just go awry on a whim.
It’s Tuesday and here I am thinking about effective time use and scheduling my week. I did mention it is Tuesday didn’t I? And most of the world is already almost half way through their week, you know Wednesday being hump day and all.
Judith, way down under New Zealand way and I spend a fair bit of time, either during our weekly Skype visit, or by email, or Messenger talking about scheduling our days to allow for all we want to do: writing, blogging, reading, socializing, chores and cleaning (rubber gloving as she calls it). She even has a neat Excel Sheet to schedule our activities and one to track our writing success on a daily basis.
Now Joss, our accomplished Canadian writer, living in Cuenca Ecuador also joins this little group and we chat and discuss and at times solve all the world’s problems, unbeknownst to the world of course.
Aside from Beta reading for Joss, talking about writing and schedules we also talk about writers and their routines and schedules, as we did last week. I read a lot about successful people, not so much as to try their style, as much as hoping that just the act of reading about it will make it stick to me somehow. Alas, I have come to the conclusion that if one want’s to be successful, one must work for it. There is no sticking by association.
Part of last week’s discussion was about writers who go outside their homes to write. (Joss writes this way).
Describe the room where you usually write
I have a home in Majorca that has been built into a cliff. The study is separate from the house, and I love its calmness. It has 20 foot-long windows and overlooks the sea. There is just a desk with pens, pencils, a rubber, an hourglass, paper, pictures of my family, and me. (http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/features/one-minute-with-jeffrey-archer-novelist-7545587.html)
Oh also Stephen King’s Top 20 rules for Writers (article here) from a Barnes and Noble Blog is just to good to pass up.
Oh yeah, writing outside your home. Mr. King has written anywhere and everywhere, but once when his children were young he rented an apartment across town for six months.
There are many writers who write outside their home but now I have come across this article about Detroit Nonprofit program for providing homes for writers called
A Room of Their Own: How Write A House Is Putting Writers in Vacant Homes
from Electricliterature.com, and my mind if off in a few more directions.
Oh yeah, and about writing about writing – it occurs to me that that may be my expertise. You know, rather than actually writing something. Time will tell.