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Stealing time

You know your days are crammed when you can't bear to let even a minute go to waste. Got to my volunteer placement five minutes early today and so sat in the car and read a couple more chapters of my book, because, hey, gotta fit the reading in where I can. Certainly beats standing around in the snow and cold waiting for my match to show up.

Some people (so I've heard) can do the same thing with writing. Doesn't seem to work out too well for me. Most of the time I need at least five minutes to get into the story's state of mind. At least. (Sometimes a half an hour, sometimes never... :P) If I am lucky enough to have an idea just raring to go, then the tearing myself away part becomes the problem. Nothing quite so painful as ripping my attention from the story world my mind is trying to unfold. With a book, though reading in snippets may be disorienting, at least you know that the words are going to be there when you come back to the page. With writing, well, who can say the same for that?

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writerpo
Mar. 12th, 2003 05:11 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately, there can sometimes be a vast difference between time you have for writing and </b>time you spend writing</b>; the first is, of course, ultimately effected by external pressures and demands on your time, while the second is a subset of the first as governed by your internal politics. Your moods, your energy, and sometimes even your confidence can reduce the number of usable writing minutes and hours.

As you can see, I think way too much about these sort of things. Time better suited to writing, of course, but what can you do? C'est la vie.

---Peter
hiddeninshadow
Mar. 12th, 2003 05:14 pm (UTC)
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LOL Yeah, I know what you mean. My mind goes a mile a minute too. Think it's the coffee that does it.
megancrewe
Mar. 12th, 2003 07:05 pm (UTC)
And then, of course, there are the times when you just have no time for writing in the first place. I'm not procrastinating from my writing. I'm procrastinating from the three essays and one presentation and various readings I have to get done in the next three weeks.

My brain hurts. :P

But only three weeks to go! *cheers* Okay, well, then there's exams, but I'll deal.

My Books


Earth & Sky
(Earth & Sky #1, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2014


The Clouded Sky
(Earth & Sky #2, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2015


A Sky Unbroken
(Earth & Sky #3, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2015


The Way We Fall
(Fallen World #1, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2012


The Lives We Lost
(Fallen World #2, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2013


The Worlds We Make
(Fallen World #3, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2014


Those Who Lived: Fallen World Stories
(Fallen World #3.5, apocalyptic YA)
self pubbed, 2014


Give Up the Ghost
(paranormal YA)
Henry Holt, 2009

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