Sunday, January 30, 2011

Inspired by others

Christy here and on Tuesday night, the Atlanta ACFW Chapter W.O.R.D. hosted Author Lynette Eason.

I am thirsty for writing and finding time to write, so when a successful author sits down with us to share her journey to publication, I'm ready to listen, pen in hand.

Lynette became contracted in 2007 and since that time has published 19 books. Of course, when I heard that, I wondered WOW!  and, HOW?!

Lynette made several great points, but one thing that stayed with me was that she wrote everywhere possible. She wrote in the morning, during the day at different intervals when she could snag some time, she wrote while the kids were at an extra-curricular activity, then worked again at night after her family was settled.

Writing everywhere is something I haven't done in a while. I always have a journal with me in the car, but not anywhere else. And lately, I've been so busy, when I do have a spare moment, I'm too tired to think straight! 

I also tend to want quiet when I write. Right now, Curious George is playing on the television for my daughter and my mother, who's visiting with us this weekend, is walking from one room to another. I've heard a few successful authors say they can write through anything. They have a way to block out their surroundings.  I haven't reached that point... yet.  Sounds distract me.

There is so much I want to accomplish, that I've started making lists... but sometimes, I don't look at the list. I always have a mental list going of what needs to be done.... and I have to carry it over to the next day.

I think wanting something bad enough is one key to making it happen. You some how find time and make time to accomplish the thing you want. 

Can you share some ways you reached your goal? Even when it seemed making it happen was impossible?


  1. I get up at 5:15am. Like you, I prefer to write when it's quiet. With a two-year-old, this means I write either early in the morning or late at night. I've found early works best for me.

  2. I'm an early bird too, Julie. I need to turn off the internet and write. I find myself emailing and doodling too long and then my writing time is gone!

  3. The early-morning routine helped me keep writing when my kids were little. Early-early is still my best time for creativity, but I've learned I can write anywhere, any time, by tuning everything else out. I don't know if that comes from long practice or from desperation. :)

  4. I've found that having to be accountable to others helps me be more productive. I can make excuses to myself, but it's harder to explain to someone else why you've gotten nothing done. Especially when that other person is just as busy and tired as I am.

    I've been able to write anytime in the past, but I've gotten out of practice at it. It's something I really need to get back into doing.

  5. Hi Meg, You know, I haven't always been an early riser. I used to stay up late and sleep in late... that was pre-children days... I hope I can work on that being able to write anywhere and tune everything else out.

    Hi Dianna, I am winking back at you on your comment. And I think feeling passionate about the story helps me be able to write anywhere... but I think I need to be able to write through the rough periods so that it doesn't take so long to finish a book! I hope I can find some time to write today ;)

  6. Christy,
    I find that I overcommit myself to do other writing-related things. Before I know it I'm involved in these activities and have no time or energy left to write. I don't sleep well so I'm up long before the moon begins to set and I have taken care of some of the other writing-related commitments. But I still have more to do. I need to refrain from signing up for some of these things, and when asked to do something - just say NO - don't even think about my answer. But I am learning a lot by doing what I'm doing so that should get me a little grace. :)