Thursday, September 3, 2009

Writing Practice

I read Stephen King's "On Writing" a few years back right after I graduated from college -- it might have been a gift, I'm not really sure -- and one of the things that stuck with me was King's admonition to "write every day."

Now, our pal up in Maine can do that. It's the benefit of making a lot of money off your books and being able to write whenever you want, knowing that it'll sell a gajillion copies. But for the rest of us who have to fit writing in where we can, finding time to practice our craft can get dicey (stupid real life and its interruptions).

So what's that mean? Easiest solution is to write when you can, whether that's two days apart, five days, a week ... whatever. Even if you only have about an hour each day to get something down, use it to your advantage. Me? I luck out because my full-time gig (I also have a part-time one, more on that later) sometimes has long periods of downtime. So I fill it by writing because there's only so much on the Internet that's actually interesting to look at for hours on end.

Whether that's articles for an online mag, making headway on one of my WIPs, or slapping words together on this here blog, the important thing is that it's writing.

And now we turn to you, my blog readers, if you care to comment. How do you find time to write? I'm very curious.


Renee Pinner said...

I just squeeze it in when I can. Sometimes it is only 5 minutes a day. With my WIP, though, that is 5 minutes more words than I had the day before!If only we all could just write in the morning and use the afternoon for letter writing and walks!
But then I am unpublished and my WIP is unfinished...maybe I'm not the best role model!

Joshua McCune said...

I've got lots and lots of time -- I was laid off in February and my wife and I are gonna be moving sometime in the near future, so the job search hasn't been ultra urgent and I've devoted a lot of time to the whole thing... Before that, I'd try to write at lunch sometimes and during the evenings and weekends.

Rick Daley said...

I have to wake up early. I work from home, so if I get up at 6am I can write until 8am, then just start working. I shower and clean up around lunch time, after I exercise.

The trick is avoiding distractions like email and blogs.

Joshua McCune said...

Rick, where can I sign up? :)