Wednesday, December 3, 2014

IWSG--How Long Have You Gone?

I began a job over five weeks ago. It's only part time, at a new grocery store (Wegmans, if anyone is in the mid-Atlantic area, they may know it) and in the Customer Service Department. I work between 20-30 hours a week and honestly, I haven't worked that much since before child #2 was born over 15 years ago. I have not written in almost two months. How long have you gone between writing one word, then another? I have a story I am writing with a friend, "Sticks & Stones", and my goal was to have a rough draft by August when I was going to visit her. However, I got maybe 60% of it done and that is where I ended.

Looking for a job took up a lot of time, then training, then opening this brand new store and now working. I love my job, I love the people, I love writing but between work, my kids, housework, making meals etc. something had to give.

When do you find time to work writing into your schedule? How long did it take you, if you recently began working again, to get back to doing the things you love?

Just seeking advice. This isn't a huge blog post. I just didn't want another month to go by where I forgot to post!

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  1. I've been spending so much time working on social media and doing what I have to do to get my first book self-published that I haven't written much new for a while. It's really frustrating, but there are only so many hours in a day. I wish I had the answer to making everything fit in the time available. If you figure it out, let me know! :)

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    1. Once your book is out, it'll be worth it! I'm excited for you...good luck!!!

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  2. I dedicate lunch every Tuesday to writing. I know it's not a lot, but with the job, the kids, and everything else you mentioned, time is precious. I also get up obscenely early (4:45 AM) so I have time to jot down a few words or catch up on blogs or look up recipes for about an hour before I leave for work. That's not prime mental time for me, but I take what I can get. If I need serious writing time, I'll use vacation at work during the week, when the kids are in school and the husband is at work. That's the only way I got through NaNoWriMo.

    But overall, the Tuesdays method works best for me.

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    1. That is diligence! I guess I will need to sit down and work out a schedule. Since I am in retail, my hours vary but there are days where I can't work after 5pm so I could dedicate an hour or so then to sitting down at my laptop...thanks for the idea!

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  3. Although I don't have a regular scheduled job (farm), there are many days...*cough*...weeks, where I'm lucky to get a word in. But I use those times to go over stories in my head. Then when I do sit down, I'm ready to go. At least, that's the concept ;)

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    1. Yes! I go over the stories in my head a lot...probably more than I should :-)

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  4. Glad the job is going well!
    I can go months in between writing stories. Of course, I'm writing blog posts and articles every week, so that's something.

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    1. I think even writing a Thank You note to someone is something! Of course, my story is always percolating in my head so at some point, it'll boil over and back onto paper!

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  5. I love Wegman's! I live in Rochester, NY, it's homebase, so to speak. I think I have let a few to several months slide by without writing fiction, especially when I was querying my first novel. All I did was tweak my query and edit my first fifty pages over and over until it made me ill.

    I understand about not finding time with kids, job, and home. When I first started writing, my husband took my baby girl out shopping for an hour and a half twice a week and that was it. It was short, but pretty productive time. So maybe you could find find a hour or two somewhere if you could negotiate having someone else take over kid care, even if you have to barricade yourself in a bathroom or the basement.

    Good luck

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    1. Thanks! We get numerous NY'ers come and tell us they are so excited to see Wegmans out in MA :-)
      My kids are teen and understand when I need time to myself. However, I know this is mostly me, trying to get back into the groove of writing. I'm slowly clawing my way back into it. Sometimes, all I need to do is read a really good book to get me back into the writing zone!

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  6. When you have a job, trying to find time to write can be difficult. I'm in a situation where I don't/can't work so I write whenever I can, if I'm not blogging, promoting, or doing something else. For you though, I advise picking a time each day to dedicate to writing. Some people wake up earlier to write before their day starts, some write during their lunch hour. You could write after dinner, before bed. Whatever time seems the best for you is the time you should use. Try for an hour if you can. If not, even thirty minutes will help you get further in your story. Good luck!

    IWSG Co-host :)

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    1. Thanks! I have decided to do just a bit on my days off, when the kids are at school. I find it's like a muscle. The more I write, the more I write. When I back off, the muscle becomes weak and I don't feel like getting back into it because it's hard to know where to start. Though, now, I am rereading favorite parts of my story and tweaking them. It's a start!

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  7. I'm combo between Loni and Alex. I write on more of a binge schedule, months at a time and then I take months off while I focus on editing. I did have to make a choice between social media and my stories and I chose my stories. It wasn't easy but we only have so much time in the day and I had to make a tough call.

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  8. I had the luxury of being a stay-at-home author/mom for 15 glorious years but when my boys entered high school, I reentered to job force to get that weekly paycheck. It was HARD and I was under contract but I soon found that having a limited amount of time available to write actually made me produce more during that allotted time because I couldn't afford to waste it. Pick a time when your creative brain is firing at its best and WORK on your writing. Make it a routine and stick to it. I still jot down bits of dialog that come to me in the car on the way to work, type a scene during my lunch hour, or just mental hash out plot points so I never sit down at the computer not knowing what I was going to put on a page. It's hard but it pays off. Get plenty of rest to keep your mind in gear and go for it!!

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  9. I went four years once. I hope I never do that again! Visiting from IWSG... Hope you are able to get back here soon! We miss you! Happy New Year! Hope it brings you more time to write...

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    1. 4 years! Guess my months should not make me feel bad. However, sometimes you really do need to step back and do other things. I think it'll give you a fresh mind to begin writing again!

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