Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Tuesday Time Tip--Time Management for the Time Impaired

I'm a busy, busy, busy person (aren't we all?).  I have a day job, a husband, three children, an extended family, and a writing career.  Time is not something of which I have tons to spare.  Yet, a new feature I've decided to begin on the blog is Tuesday Time Tip, a posted devoted to time management for writers.

Far from having IT all figured out (whatever IT is), take my tips for what their worth--my own experimentation on my quest to write in the midst of everything else going on in my life.  Use at your own risk, and yes, your mileage may vary.

This week's tip: write when your brain is functioning.

Seems logical, but let me explain.  I have read about authors who get up waaaay before dawn in order to get in some valuable writing time.  And yes, I've set my alarm with every intention of doing this exact thing myself, but the few times I've been able to drag myself out of bed, guzzle cups of coffee, prop my eyelids open with toothpicks, and put my fingers to the keyboard, I wrote about fifty words or so.  Then I spent the rest of the day trying to fight the feeling I'd been cheated somehow.  Should've worked, but didn't.

Now, I do hit a stride at about one o'clock in the afternoon, but with a day job, that's just not feasible.  So, I had to figure out something else that worked for me.

Luckily, for some reason, about nine or ten o'clock every evening, I can't seem to stop the flow of words, and I can usually get a thousand or more written around this time.  So, though I'd like to tell people someday about how I sacrificed sleep and got up when everyone else was still snoozing to pump out glowing manuscript after even more glowing manuscript.  That's not how my brain works, and I have to write when my brain is functioning...period.

So, what I've learned is that you can't fit a round peg into a square hole, or in other words, I'm not a morning person, and I can't make myself be one.  Therefore, I write at night.  It's what works for me.

What about you?  What time of day is your optimal writing time?  Any tips or tricks for us non-early-risers?

Happy Reading and Writing!


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