Monday, February 7, 2011

Thirty Minutes?

My writing time is based on what time I get up in the morning. I have to get ready for work
at a certain time every day. So, if I get up earlier--more time to write. If I get up later--less time to write.
For a while if I didn't have what I considered sufficient time, I'd just surf the net. But I soon realized my book wasn't getting finished like that. I had to take every opportunity.
What's happening now is a different scenario. If I only have fifteen minutes I call up my document and write something. A sentence. A word. Revamp a scene I know needs revamping.
I've been doing Christy's TTIN Challenge. CLICK HERE
Last week there were more days than not that my word count was in the 300's. And yes, that's for the day, because not much writing gets done at night. But at the end of the week those 300+ words a day added up.
This took a whole attitude change on my part. But I think it's paying off.
What about you? Do you write wherever, whenever? If you only have 30 minutes or less? I'd love to hear your process.

Lindi Peterson
Happy Endings Are Just The Beginning


  1. It's so hard not to get on the internet and surf! Way to go with your continued progress! Woo=Hoo Lindi!

  2. Christy--it is hard. Especially when there are so many good blogs and websites. I have my favorite blogs I like to look at every day. Now I just look at night.
    Except for the F.A.I.T.H. blog!! Most days I check it first thing. Not always, but I try!

  3. I try to write, but the biggest thing for me is just keeping my head in the story. If I don't write, per se, I may be developing dialog in my mind. I'll jot down some notes and keep them near my computer so I can add them next time I "officially" write. Or, if the next scene is real emotional, I try to get into character. How would they react in that situation? Then, when I get to the computer, I have a better idea of which way to go.

  4. Hi Lindi:

    When I did not have much time and had to fight for every writing minute, I would create lists of bite-size jobs that needed to be done on the WIP.

    If you have a defined task, and you know it can be completed in 15 minutes and you know it will have to be done eventually, it is easy to turn on the computer and do that one task and then feel satisfied.

    These tasks could be fact checking, layering, adding rewards for reading to a passage, writing a key scene that happens in the future (as when the hero finds out the ‘hidden-child’ is his) and it could even be tightening up your synopsis.

    As a last resort you could spend time adding to your lists of tasks.

    Here’s the bad news: I found as I had more time to write, the diminished pressure to write made it harder to actually write. Of course, I was one who always crammed for exams. I think writing is something like having to keep a pot simmering at all times.


  5. I had to learn to write in small snatches of time, too, Lindi. My ideal would be a week away at the beach to write around the clock. And that's so not happening! :)

    If you look at my word count (new words on my wip) for the past couple of weeks, you can see how sometimes I only had a very short time to write. here's what it looks like:

    0 (Sunday)

    But those all add up! Just like you said. And soon, I'll type The End. So keep at it! You're making great progress.

  6. Glad to hear your new process is working Lindi!

    I try to write whenever and wherever with whatever time I have. I also think about the story when I'm away from it, so I have a better idea of what I want to write when I do get the time. My largest chunk of time is at night, once my daughter's in bed and I've learned to guard that time.