I lost 60 minutes!
Many of my friends and fellow bloggers want to be traditionally published. Many work on a novel for years. One book, years… I am blessed in that I can write fast and make cohesive stories with my’ process.’
I did the Nanowrimo thing, got the t-shirt, but it was my least favorite way to write. I am more about the time investment than the word count. If you are like me and have a full-time job, you probably cannot devote five or six hours a day to your writing.
That is perfectly okay, how much time can you devote?
The problem with many, and I am no exception is, ‘interruptions.’
The phone, people, asking me things, or even my ‘mews’ the cat all interrupt me. I have decided that I am going to build a cabin on some lake property I have. I am considering putting a quasi-tree house, where I can escape to the confines of my mind while away from the hustle and bustle of people, and things.
No phone, probably no internet, and a do not disturb sign on the door.
My process is usually late at night when the world is quiet. That is my time to play with my characters.
If you are like me and struggle with voices and POV, you can only do it correctly if you can ‘channel’ the character. In one of my novels, ‘The land of my people.’ I channel a five-year-old. Now, it has been a few years since I was five. How would a five-year-old girl talk? Now I have to jump into two twenty-five-year-olds male and female. What does their voice sound like? He is a descendant of American Indians, and those were just some of the challenges.
No, I don’t worry about the page count or the number of words, I worry about the time I put in the craft.
People talk about writer’s block. Sit at your computer and put something down to fill up the white space. You can always delete it later. I will put down the craziest of ideas and usually modify them or delete them as I make my way through the second or twenty-second draft.
It is funny when you write your first draft, then go back and read it. It is much like this little dance where you add and take away until you hone the characters and plot just so.
How many of you tonight are thinking about this damned Coronavirus?
Is that sucking the life out of your writing?
Do you realize we have an outbreak of some kind often? Ebola was the last scary one.
H1N1 was where we ended up with hand sanitizer everywhere.
I see people dumping on Trump for this. Wow. If you want to blame someone, how about the lab in China that created this thing?
Wash your hands, and don’t take any airplane rides for a while. Airlines are like a petri dish anyway.
Speaking of airlines, let me tell you a true story.
I used to travel a lot. In my job, I was always at the airport waiting on planes. On one trip I was flying stand by, I needed to get to New York as someone had called in sick, so I needed to make the presentation.
I sat next to two cadaverous, like people. It was okay, I can be kind to anyone, and generally, I learn something. This was back when they fed you on the plane.
The guy next to me was frail in his nineties. His wife was nice about the same age, and both were so thin you could probably hold them up to the light and not need an x-ray machine.
He had ordered Spaghetti.
You already know where this is headed, don’t you?
I was dressed for a business meeting complete with dry clean everything. On his second attempt, the tray flipped up and landed on me.
Never mind the expensive clothing that was ruined or the fact that I had no idea how I was going to resurrect this mess, but his wife, bless her heart, takes the cloth napkin rubbing this red sauce all over me.
It was unbelievable!
Once on the ground, I headed for Macey’s buying stuff off the rack before showing up late to my meeting.
What was one of your worst travel experiences?
I have many stories; on one, I saved the plane from crashing. True story.
I hope you enjoy your time off and take care of yourself. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds using soap and water. The virus is supposed to have a skin or shell that is made up of fatty material. Soap will break down that shell destroying the virus.
They think it can last for days on surfaces, so I would avoid touching menus, keyboards, and payphones if they still have them.
Much love -TW