Alex J. Cavanaugh for hosting this event. Please go and check out the other fine folks who participate. As writers, we need support and inspiration and this is such a great group.
Being a writer is rewarding, difficult, frustrating, annoying, joyous, exciting, depressing, you see where I'm going. It's a roller coaster ride, but we wouldn't do it unless we loved it. We are told to write everyday to strengthen our craft, but the thing is not all of us can. Our lives and situations are all different so we have to find creative ways to do this. Sitting down at a computer and typing my little heart out is not always something I can do. Don't get me wrong. I want to, badly. If I had an agent or a book that was under contracted then I would have to sit my household down and say, "Look, this is my job." But in my house, well you know, no pay means it's a hobby. Anywho, I find other ways to do this.
Writing on the go is what I like to call it.
Get a journal. You know the little book with blank pages. Also, grab a pencil. No. 2 always works, but any kind. Take it with you wherever you go.
"Then what?" you ask.
Look around you. It doesn't take much. For example, you are at a museum with the kids. When you sit to have a snack, take it out, and try to describe something you saw in one of the exhibits. Get picky and try to write your words as a painter would paint. Make it real. Sure, your kids are there and I'm not saying totally neglect them, but if they are sitting quietly (I know this is a little unrealistic and quiet is up to the parent to define), eating, take 2 seconds and write a bunch of words. No rules. Just write.
Got a plot changing idea and you're waiting for your little guy in karate. Work it out. Pull out your journal and jot the thought down.
Another idea is to bring a copy of a chapter with you and work through the issues on paper. That way when the time presents itself so you can sit at the computer and type your little heart out, you can. Things are worked out and it will be easier to work through.
I think about my stories pretty much all day. I have more ideas than I know what to do with. Yes, I have Post-its everywhere. The thing is we are all different and our situations are too, so do what you can and you will get to where you want to be.
Do you write on the go?
What are your tricks?
I'm still writing, guys, so sorry again for M.I.A. I'm trying for a once a week post and I'm getting there.
Have a great day!!