ISWG Time Again
This post is part of the Insecure Writers Support Group Blog Hop.
October 3 question – How do major life events affect your writing? Has writing ever helped you through something?
The only major life event to really affect my writing was my then 2yo daughter’s decision that she could not go to sleep unless mommy was in the room with her. This resulted in me taking my laptop into her room every night and typing away until she fell asleep.
I have never been so productive in my life.
There is a reason all the advice blogs suggest finding a dedicated writing time and sticking to it. Making writing a priority can be so difficult, especially if it isn’t paying the bills. But this arrangement meant that I couldn’t skip it. My daughter went to bed every night no matter what else was happening in my life. She wasn’t going to sleep unless I was in the room with her, and she needed to go to sleep.
Daily writing meant that writing got easier as well. Every time I take a break, the creative “muscles” in my brain start to atrophy. Writing gets harder and a lot less fun. But still I keep finding excuses.
My latest motivational force is my writing partner. We have decided against all good advice to co-author a romance novel. And we are writing it in the same Scrivener file. This means that only one of us can have the document open at any given time. I write my scenes during “work” hours and she writes before and after her 9-5 job. While we are working from an outline, we cannot write in a vacuum. The previous material needs to exist for the sake of continuity. Every day we are accountable to each other to have our scenes finished. I cannot write the sequel unless my partner has finished the scene. If I don’t finish, it puts us both behind.
So far the system is working and our friendship is still intact. But the book is far from finished.
What do you do to stay productive? Let me know in the comments