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The Bane of Every Writer's Existence

My regular column for those lovely folks over at The Apex Book Company is now online.  It's called The Bane of Every Writer's Existence, and covers my own approach to solving that age-old problem known as 'Not enough hours in the day.'

If you'd like to read my cunning plan, here's the link:

I hope you find it helpful.

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Sep. 28th, 2010 08:25 pm (UTC)
Lists are indeed a bank magical thing.
Sep. 28th, 2010 08:35 pm (UTC)
I likes them I does :)
Sep. 28th, 2010 08:28 pm (UTC)
I love making lists. I do it all the time.

But there's something else I do all the time, too: ignore them. I don't feel like doing that right now, I whine. I wanna do something else. And so I do. Sure, lists help me to remember things (my Great Big Book of To-Do contains not only things to do, but ideas and other things to remember, and is way nicer than the tons of slips of paper I used to have - in the last clean-up I found a slip of paper with the words "never pin your hopes on a Roman" written on it, which I'm sure meant something at the time...), but I don't have the discipline to use them.

And, honestly, I am more productive when I'm working on what I want to right that moment than I am when I try to plan.
Sep. 28th, 2010 08:38 pm (UTC)
I don't have the discipline to use them.

Lol, me too. After about a week or so, I tend to let things slip a little. Stuff doesn't get added because I know I need to do it, and before I know it, I'm tempted to stop making them at all.

Then I remember how stressed I get when I feel like there aren't enough hours in the day, and I'm soon back on the list wagon :)
Sep. 28th, 2010 08:44 pm (UTC)
I also think there's a huge difference in what people need to do. My lists are mostly long-term or creative 'to-do's, because the only things I believe I have to do in a day are:

Get up - if I need a list for that, I'm hosed. ;)
Go to work (M-F) - pretty hard to forget that, though I try.
Eat - though it would probably help if I forgot that more often...
Walk the dog - she won't let me forget.
Take a shower and go to bed - preferably in that order.

Everything else? Pfff, if I don't wanna do it, it can wait. :D
Sep. 28th, 2010 10:13 pm (UTC)
Whatever works best for you, right? :)
Sep. 28th, 2010 09:44 pm (UTC)
Excellent post. I am a huge fan of lists. It's why I use a day planner, which also functions as a list. The other way I get writing done is by making it a top priority. Not above family, but above pretty much everything else, except on teaching days.
Sep. 28th, 2010 10:14 pm (UTC)
That's the key, I think. Schedule a certain amount of writing time, as opposed to 'finish story', or 'sort out POV problem in hedgehog/giraffe fight scene' etc.
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Sep. 29th, 2010 12:50 am (UTC)
That's a scary thought...the losing the list thing, not the drool thing ;)
Sep. 29th, 2010 12:43 am (UTC)
Great post! But . . .

you go to the grocery store THREE TIMES A WEEK?

::falls over::

I resent having to go ONCE a week.
Sep. 29th, 2010 12:51 am (UTC)
You must have a big fridge :P

Sep. 29th, 2010 05:54 am (UTC)
Then of course there's folk like me who get such a warm and glowing feeling of self-righteous virtue from actually making a list at all that we never feel the need to do anything on it...


Sep. 29th, 2010 08:35 am (UTC)
Lol, well it's a start at least :)
Sep. 29th, 2010 06:45 am (UTC)
Great post (as usual :-) )
Sep. 29th, 2010 11:24 am (UTC)
Thanks, Jakob :)
Oct. 20th, 2010 04:57 pm (UTC)
You know, I'm huge on making grocery lists or lists for work or packing before a trip and so on - but I've never made a daily living list - I'm going to try it! I'm so overwhelmed lately, it can't hurt & hopefully will really help!
Oct. 20th, 2010 06:17 pm (UTC)
Best of luck with it. By the way, how's the post surgery recovery going?
Oct. 20th, 2010 06:34 pm (UTC)
Very well. I had my followup appt just the other day - he removed the stints and I'm feeling much, much better (they were giving me headaches). He said to give it time & my frequent chronic sinus infections should be a thing of the past!

He also recommended a treatment for my perforated septum which is actually working & healing it - something no doctor has ever had a clue on how to fix in the past besides an ineffective button.

So all in all, color me happy!
Oct. 20th, 2010 08:58 pm (UTC)
That's good to hear. Sinus pains are no fun at all.
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