‘Finding the time?’ Part 1

Finding time?

It’s interesting that I chose to start writing this post at the start of a week that’s been really busy and I didn’t actually have the time to sit and post the article, but I did find the time to actually write it!

Over the next few weeks, we’ll spend some time talking through some of the things I’ve done over the years to ‘find the time’ to write, and why it’s been important for me.

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Ask yourself, “What’s important to me? what, or whom do I need to find time for?”

It’s one thing I’ve always struggled with, so many things I want to do, so many projects I seem to start, but they fall by the wayside, usually killed off by one little thing, I run  out of time to do them!

Writing a book, any book is a pretty major commitment. I mean first you need an idea, then need to start working that idea out. Kind of developing the original into something you can work with.

Research is important, it’s no use having your characters doing things you have no idea what it involves, sorry but it’s gonna show!

All these things take time right?

So, if I’m working a full time job, how is that gonna happen? I mean job, family and stuff, where’s the time for the things I want to do?

That’s the struggle I had, a few times, actually more than a few, I’d start a manuscript in the holidays, get part way through, then have to go back to work, and before I realised it, six months had passed and I had no clue why I started the project!

Last year, I decided to change it a bit, I really wanted to write the story, and I’d just got a laptop, the only time I could write was early morning, around five am!!

Hey, if you want something had enough, you’ll find a way!

That’s what I did, half an hour every morning, maybe two hundred to two fifty words, pretty soon I had a 47,000 word novella that I’m proud of.

That took six months!

Here’s the result, take a look.

And I was bitten, but exhausted, also my dog Barney hadn’t had a walk for so long, it was time to change the way this was were done!

All it took was a little planning.

What that meant, you’ll have to tune in next week.

 

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‘Inspiration, where do we get it from?’

How do we get ‘inspired’?

Hang around any writer for any length of time and you’ll start hearing them talk of their ‘Muse’ and whether the ‘Muse’ is working or not, meaning whether they’re feeling inspired to write or not.

It’s one thing that a lot of writers say they struggle with. Where to get the inspiration for their work?

Where can the inspiration for a good article, or story come from?

Ask any three writers, and you’ll get at least three answers, and that’s just if you give them a few minutes only.

I’ve got two novels out now (the second was published just a month ago) and the ideas for them came from different places.

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The first was a writing exercise a few years ago. I was doing a paper on creative writing and did a story about a guy stuck in a jail cell, okay the final story was very different, but that’s where it started!

Here’s the first

Sting of the Scorpion

The second was just having lunch by the lakeside in Rotorua, it just looked ‘right’ for a helicopter approaching at night, lights off, the rest you’re going to have to read the book for.

This one I’m really proud of

Scorpion’s Reach

Take a minute to think about your day, the people in the checkout at the grocery store, ever wondered what their day was like? How about the coffee shop?

Writer’s ‘block’ is real, and it does happen, but when it does there’s a few things we can do to ‘unblock’ those pipes. Anything from taking a walk to just picking up the newspaper and take a few minutes just to sit and think about what we just read, you’ll be amazed at the results.

How about this for a plot. A top secret establishment is hacked, in the hack a number of software files are stolen that then appear when they’re used to cripple thousands of companies and demand ransom, the plot is only foiled by a twenty something spotty, four eyed geek who’s still living with Mum and Dad sees the email and finds the ‘kill code’. What about that for a story? By the way, it happened this week! Just think where the story could go? Sadly I’m already working on another novel, but maybe I’ll hold that back and come back to it.

Inspiration can come from anywhere, all we need do is ‘open our eyes’ and see what they show us.

So let’s take a look around, and see where the inspiration leads.

One final thing, North Korea might actually be involved in the hacking scam…..

‘Gravity’

My wife and daughter were having a debate the other day, they were debating the meaning of the word ‘Gravity’.

One said “it’s the attractive force created when an object spins fast enough to pull things into itself” basically just like the earth does in spinning and keeping us ‘on Terra firma’

The other said it was a description of an emotion or response to a situation, like in ‘the gravity of the situation’ and the debate went from there.

Both were adamant, their view was right, according to the dictionary, and the other wasn’t!

I’m bringing this up as it’s something pretty important, not just regards writing, but with life in general. Two people, looking at the same information, seeing exactly the same thing, yet drawing a different meaning.

By the way, when we turned to the dictionary, both meanings were present, and given equal prominence, so, both were right, but not totally!

It’s the same with writing, look at a blank page, or computer screen, some will see a story of some kind, others see that article they’ve been wanting to write, others still, a poem, but it’s all writing, and it’s all creative in some way.

Writing is a great way of being creative, so let’s not worry so much about the ‘type’, let’s just get on And enjoy the craft.

Have a think on that one.

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Travails of a writer

Travails of a writer.

That’s what I think I’ll call this post! Part of the ‘ups’ and ‘downs’ of breaking into the world of being a writer.

Anyone who’s read my previous blogs here, know that at best, I’ve been sporadic in posting, and I wouldn’t blame you if you’re totally frustrated, but here we are again, a new plan, and new hope of making a go of it.

Actually, the reason for the ‘sporadic’ posts is simply being just too busy! Not sure I should admit that, as it probably has you thinking ‘writing, or blogging isn’t that important to him’ and heading for the electronic door.

But before you go, hold on a minute! See, I’m back, writing, posting, and with a plan. The ‘plan’ has kinda worked so far, in that I used this ‘plan’ to write my second novel!

Hey, I’m not gonna “tell you” just yet, I’ll see if you figure it out, but here’s a question. If I work a sixty hour week, in my regular job, when do I get time to write?

My Office!! (And she’s Brand new!)

For a clue, take a look at my ‘writing desk’. My guess is, it’s probably the most unusual one you’ll come across, yet I’ve used a similar one to write “Scorpion’s Reach”

 

Truth is, if something is important to you, you’ll find a way to do it, just like if someone is important to you you’ll find a way to make time for them!

Hey, that’s all for now, but let me know what you think in the comments below.

 

Blessings

Lawrence