Deb Elise’s Favorite Time To Write

This might be my shortest Deb post ever.  What’s my favorite time to write?

Whenever.  I.  Can.


Okay, maybe I should elaborate.  I don’t for a minute imagine I’m busier than anyone else, so I know I’m not alone in this, but time isn’t always easy to find.  I grab it when I can, and I’m not choosey.  I’ll write tucked away in my home office on my desktop, I’ll write at a coffee shop on my laptop, I’ll write on my iPad (with awesome PADACS keyboard) at my daughter’s horseback riding lesson.  Early morning, middle of the day, dead of night… I don’t have a preference.  If it’s a stretch of uninterrupted time, I’m snagging it and I’m excited about it.

How about you?  Do you have a specific “workday” for writing, or do you take whatever window of opportunity you can?

16 thoughts on “Deb Elise’s Favorite Time To Write

  1. I don’t think I have a specific time or day for anything. I grocery shop when we’re out of food. I write when I can spare the time. I schedule appointments in between other appointments.

    Maybe we’re just disorganized?

    • I admit to being a bit disorganized – a giant bit. But I think we are women first – which means we have umpteen jobs to accomplish every day. Sure, Stephen King can lock himself in the belfry and write for 8 hours as a discipline. Today’s writer – especially we debut authors I think – have to write for more publications/sites to keep the platform alive, then there are family obligations, household duties, perhaps another day job altogether. I’m impressed we write at all! KIM

      • Stephen King locked in the belfry sounds like the beginning of a Stephen King story. btw, just read The Dome. Not his best, but a good read.

    • I agree with Kim — we’re women, we multitask, we load up our to-do lists… and we might be a little disorganized too. 🙂

      I’m trying to get better — reading Eat That Frog, which Miss M thinks is the funniest title in the universe!

  2. I finally talked Norm in to watching Sex and City 2 last night (disaster). In it, Carrie leaves her home for 2 days to move in to her old apartment to write. Fantasy, right?

    Deb Elise, thanks for reminding aspiring authors that we have to write when we can and that we don’t just have empty “writing days” laying around for the taking.

    • Oooooh, heard not-so-good-things about SITC 2. But yeah — two days with NOTHING to do but write? TOTAL fantasy!

  3. Every time I try to set up regular writing hours life tosses a roadblock in front of me, so I no longer try to work to a definite schedule. I LIKE to write in the morning, and again mid-afternoon, but I’ll settle for whenever I can squeeze my muse until she squeaks.

  4. During the 8+ years I’ve been writing fiction, I always fantasized about being able to give up the day job and write full time like it was a REAL job. Through a weird twist of luck (read: job layoff) I actually got my wish right around the time my book sold last spring. You know what? I SUCKED at having endless writing time. I wasn’t nearly as productive as I was when I had a regular job that got me out of the house and forced me to budget my time more wisely. Go figure.

    Tawna

    • I do think there’s a lot to be said for working under a time constraint. I sold Populazzi on a pitch and a treatment, and I needed to do that, because I NEVER would have written it on spec. I’d have wanted to, but other things with deadlines would have gotten in the way.

      Okay, maybe not never, but as an example, my last spec feature took me 10 years to write. Two months to WRITE… but that was after 9 years and 10 months of starting, then letting other things get in the way because I had no deadline.

    • FIRMLY believe that! Though I get the most done when I add the Franklin Planner Corollary and WRITE IT ALL DOWN!

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