The above is a depiction of a working mother's "EXTRA TIME"
Since I am out of grad school, I have found myself almost giddy with "extra time".
I use that phrase lightly because any working mother knows that "extra time" is a unicorn with the ability to find pinot grigio waterfalls.
Well, I had every intention of setting up a schedule to write this weekend and failed miserably. I have been trying to get back into shape with this extra non-academic paper writing time and also trying to read some fiction since it's been awhile.
Reading fiction for me when I am planning to write or writing is difficult. I am terrified that I will inadvertently use a phrase or an abstracted idea from whatever I'm reading and plunk it into my book without realizing it.
So in order to avoid that, I don't usually read any fiction while I'm writing. I do, however, facilitate a book club, so the book we are reading this month needs to be re-read since we are having a Skype session with the author this week. That is one of the other reasons I haven't written this week.
I have research to do and that will come in time. I like to research as I am writing the specific scenes so it is fresh in my mind and I don't forget important details.
I have also shut myself out of the Twitter writing world which is not good since that is how I found my publisher. There are so many ways for an author to find an agent or publisher on there. Since I have other book ideas that are a totally different genre, I should be trolling Twitter.
BUT! One thing at a time. Once I get my life schedule back on track, everything else will fall into place.
My sister from another mother :) introduced me to the Snowflake method of writing. Many people use this for NaNoWriMo but I think I might give it a shot for the second book. I already have the outline and some scenes written but was having trouble with the twists - and you know I have to get that done before the third is written! It's like finding directions from Point A to Point B, you know where you want to end up but you need to find the best (and quickest) way possible. No one wants a book with a saggy middle!
Here is the info on the Snowflake writing method.
Happy hump day and happy writing!