07 September 2016

#IWSG Insecure Post 3

September 7 Question: How do you find the time to write in your busy day?

Well, I schedule writing time.  Then, when life catches up to me, I ditch that in favor of the current crisis.  When life happens, I write in the early morning hours for an hour or two.  On days when the weather isn't cooperating or nothing major comes up, then I write for hours to make up the time.

I discovered a handy dandy gadget for tracking words over to the NaNoWriMo site.  This year is the first year I've set a major goal of 1,120,000 words for the year.  At the start of the month, I was ahead.  However, the past few days have not been too good for my writing.  Thanks to my industriousness in the month of August, I am still in reach of my month goal, currently set at 97,000 words.  That means I'll have to put in some extra hours beginning this week.

My schedule, however, doesn't quite agree with that word goal.  That means I'll have to make some tough decisions with the choices I'll have.  Perhaps, it means my writing will have to be broken up into 2 shifts, morning and evening.  However...I am not an evening person.  I have put up a few index cards that remind me to write something each day, even if it is only 500 words.

I tried writing on my phone with one of the handy dandy gadgets.  That doesn't work, cause the autocorrect is the bane of my life.  I haven't figured out how to turn it off yet.  I have written a few posts to be scheduled on my blogs.  When I can find the time.

I guess this has forced me to think about what it is that I want to do.  I'd rather write.  Finding time to get the other stuff in my life done is what is the problem.  Off I go to get the necessary stuff done, like decluttering, cleaning, cooking, going to town.  Oh, that is a trip and a half.  That's a whole day out of my day.  At the least, four hours and can turn into six or eight hours, especially if we stop to eat.  And we don't stop at fast food places.

Now, don't get me wrong, I love my family and will do things for them, willingly.  It's this goal of getting my books done.  At least, the ones I've been working on for the past decade or so.

I would like to say, at the end of 2016, that my books are done.  D O N E.  And start on one or two more with the ideas I've come up with whilst revising my current projects.  Hmmm.  Wonder how I can get the other stuff done whilst I work on my writing?


  1. I am sitting here at my computer admiring you. A goal of 1,120,000 words for the year. Go Girl! You can do it.
    All the best.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat Garcia

  2. Your goal is to write more than a million words this year??? Holey moley. You are the queen. If I can write what you achieve within a year, I'll be pleased. You go, girl!

  3. Autocorrect is a pain! It's hard to put writing before everything else, and I still haven't found the super secret way to do that.

  4. Laundry washing and drying seems to be one of the few things that I can get done while writing, but then the folding is still there . . .
    When my kids needed me to drive everywhere (and one still needs this), I found I could get a lot of writing done while sitting on the sidelines. Sometimes, this means I lose out on conversations with other parents, but I am pretty shy anyway so it can work.

    I'm blown away by your word count goal! You are awesome! Wow! I've been trying to get 500 words done in the evening, as well as my hapharzad "usual" times of writing (during kids' activities).

    Best wishes on all of your endeavors!


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