A while back I saw an article in the book section of the Huffington Post called “Finding Time to Write During a Busy Holiday Schedule.”
I am finishing one major project and starting another, while preparing for speaking engagements and conferences in early 2015 where I will (hopefully) promote Well Read, Then Dead.
And yet the holiday season is upon us, what is a writer to do? Well, my least favorite line in the HuffPo article is: “Also, give yourself a little slack this time of year.” My personal experience is that with just a little slack, I become Terrie the Slacker and am hard pressed to get back on track. However the article does suggest that we writers take “inventory of any free time”and use it.
Now, that is something I can do—even without a laptop. It is almost a joke among the staff of my medical practitioners that I write, edit and sometimes research in their waiting rooms. I also have been found working in the laundry room of my apartment complex, in the shoe store while the sales person checks to see if they have the SAS sneakers in my size, in the tire shop while my car is being serviced, and in my car on line waiting to collect one or another grandkid from school. And one memorable moment I got caught short on the check-out line in the supermarket. The people ahead of me were quicker than I realized, and by the time they got to me, I hadn’t put a single item on the conveyor belt, but I did edit three pages, so I was happy even if no one behind me was.
And you? How do you find time to write when life tries to take over?