Hey, all. Suze here. Guess what? May is the Scribes’ birthday month! We’re going to have some special things going on all month long in honor of our upcoming first anniversary (including some pretty cool giveaways!). Make sure you visit us every day so you don’t miss anything.
Just for fun, I thought I’d repost my very first blog. Hope you enjoy it!
Hi, all. Susannah Hardy here. I’m a writer of humorous mysteries set in the fictional resort town of Bonaparte Bay. I hope you’ll be able to travel there with me soon!
With summer approaching, I was thinking about my own childhood summers in northern New York State, way up by the Canadian border. I would often spend a day or two with my grandma, Gert. Gert lived with her second husband in a little converted one room schoolhouse, surrounded by zinnias, peonies (which she called “pineys”), and old-fashioned pink roses. She always did her housework and gardening in the morning, because after lunch she dropped everything. She’d make herself a cup of Red Rose tea and put an Archway cookie on a plate, then park herself in her rust-colored velour recliner in front of the television to watch her “stories.” Now, there was no cable where she lived and she only got a couple of stations, so it was the CBS soap operas for her — The Edge of Night, and Secret Storm, and As the World Turns.
The point is, her stories were important to her, so she scheduled her other activities in such a way that she had time for them. And that’s a lesson we can all learn as writers.
There are so many demands on our time — families, housework, jobs for those of us still in the traditional workforce — it can seem impossible to eke out even a few minutes to write. I’m here to tell you, though, that The Dream, whatever The Dream constitutes for you, is never going to come true unless you find time for it.
Notice I didn’t say “make time.” We’ve all got the same twenty-four hours in the day (at least here on Earth that’s true — you fantasy and sci-fi writers, modify to suit your particular planetary rotation), so there’s no way to make the day magically longer. However, we can structure our days to include a few hours, or even just a few minutes, to work on our stories.
Maybe you can get up an hour earlier than the rest of your family (easier in the summer than the winter here in the Northeast!). Maybe you can skip going out to lunch with your co-workers, but instead brown-bag it with your BFF the laptop in an unused office or the local coffee shop. Maybe you could – gasp! –ask your family to make a simple dinner a couple of nights a week, or put in a load of laundry, or run the vacuum cleaner. Maybe you could — bigger gasp, possibly resulting in hyperventilation! — limit Facebooking, Tweeting, Internet surfing, e-mail reading, and/or television watching. You might just be surprised at how much you can get done in an hour or less of focused effort. And even small amounts will eventually add up to a completed manuscript.
Take a look at your typical day and see where you can rearrange or delegate some tasks, or delete some time-suckers, to find time for your Stories. Nobody else will, or can, do it for you.
Till next time,