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Boredom and Panic

Sorry this is so late.  We closed on a house yesterday, and it’s turning into a typical Hoyt adventure.  (Something bad/strange happening to someone else a long way away.)

I.e. we’re desperately trying to get movers, who first told us they could only do it two weeks from now, then changed to they can do a day on FRIDAY then two weeks from now.  This made me spend the entire morning today calling carpet and vent cleaners, because that’s non-negotiable.

So in the middle of typing this, I’m answering/making calls.  LOTS of fun.

Which brings to mind the writing process.  I can (and do) write like a demon when I’m uninterrupted.

But for me, and most of us, writing is like war: moments of excitement interspersed with long stretches of boredom.

Both present their own challenges to writers.  The first means keeping your head on projects while being interrupted by — is that REALLY a call from the locksmith?  Now? — the strangest stuff.   The second is even harder, because it means keeping on track while there’s no penalty for not doing so.

The ways I’ve found that work for coping with both times are as follows:

(You knew I was going to give you a list, right?)

1- Keep a calendar or a planner or something physical with your due dates.  EVEN — particularly — if the date is only due to you, as is often the case with indie projects.

2- (Where I fall down) Check REGULARLY to make sure you didn’t blow/forget the deadline.

3- Divide what you have to do on the project into chunks that fit in the time alotted.  when the excitement hits, adjust those.

4- Even if (particularly if) you’re a pantser keep notes somewhere of what you expect to happen the rest of the novel, even if you know it’s subject to change, PARTICULARLY of how to finish the scene where you were interrupted.

5- Develop (I’m missing this) the ability to work in fifteen minute increments in between — excuse, me that’s the carpet cleaners calling, so I guess this post is done.

25 Comments
  1. Yeah, I need to woke on several of those.

    One I really need to learn: Learn to tell family/friends “no”, I am writing. Oh, and *stay off social media*.

    June 1, 2016
    • richardmcenroe #

      But…but… someone is WRONG on the internet!

      June 1, 2016
      • Facebook’s signout feature is located midway down a pull-down menu accessed via a symbol in the upper-left corner of the browser window. Try it, it helps!

        June 1, 2016
        • Anachronda #

          An off button?? Isn’t that illegal?

          June 1, 2016
    • There is a certain Programmer/Hacker state of “Deep Thought – Do NOT interrupt” that is at least understood by others. Evidently authors have same, but non-authors might not ‘get’ it. Too many seem to think that wonderful solitude is terrible loneliness to be eliminated. Maybe you need a red light/sign on the office door, like a studio would have for [RECORDING] or [ON THE AIR] ? Of course, that doesn’t help with telephonic interruptions.

      June 2, 2016
  2. aacid14 #

    Congrats on Murphy finally being less of an asshole. And time management…. aaaaahhhhh!!!! My nemesis. After class done I think I need to assign an hour a day for rewriting and editing

    June 1, 2016
  3. richardmcenroe #

    You should start an instructional thread: WRITING WHILE LIVING or, Typing While the Cat Throws UP.

    June 1, 2016
    • I’d read that. 😀

      June 1, 2016
    • I could…

      June 1, 2016
    • Or when the cat decides the litterbox needs to be cleaned NOW, not half an hour from now. Those critters have no sense of time, they don’t understand “now just wait a few minutes…”

      And what are you supposed to do when you are in the middle of a scene and realize you need to go to work about five minutes ago.

      June 2, 2016
  4. Quit peeking over my shoulder, please. I sketched out several of the upcoming chapters of the WIP, just a few words and key phrases, so I’ve got a quick guide after I break from writing to research-read for a day or two. That book that was due back in four months? Yeah, its due back next week. My how the time flew. And it is a lot more technical than I thought when I thumbed through it back in early March. Meaning more time and focus away from the WIP.

    June 1, 2016
  5. Congrats??? 🙂 And being able to snatch time is a key, along with deadlines (or people yelling at you to finish the @*&$^ thing!!! Speaking of which, I finished Through Fire this morning while at therapy! Loved it! NICE twist at the end… 🙂

    June 1, 2016
    • Thank you. Could I request a review? In Amazon. I have someone, possibly a PK pulling my rank down.
      I was very worried about that book, because it was written while SO ill.

      I REALLY need to finish Revenge.

      June 1, 2016
      • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard #

        What PK reviewer?

        Everybody I saw reviewing it on Amazon gave it Five-Star Reviews.

        Perhaps, Amazon “took down” the idiot review. 😀

        June 1, 2016
        • That would be nice. It was a two star from a non-verified purchaser.

          June 1, 2016
      • I just peeked.

        Paul is correct, there are no negative reviews showing at this time.

        June 1, 2016
        • I know. I’ve never heard of one being removed. WOW.

          June 1, 2016
          • Christopher M. Chupik #

            There is some justice, after all.

            June 1, 2016
  6. c4c

    June 1, 2016
  7. Wow, you’ve got some really weird moving companies down there.

    As for getting stuff done, it’s tough. Back when I was working two full time jobs I still found time to shop, do laundry and clean. Then when I quit one, I couldn’t keep up with the cleaning anymore. Without the severe time constraint I lost the ability to get stuff done in little, itty bitty chunks. I tend to work better under stress, as long as it doesn’t last too long. I need a vacation every few months just to catch up on sleep.

    June 1, 2016
  8. The Demon Writer: How To Write Over the Interruptions! Sounds like an interesting series…

    June 1, 2016
  9. Sam L. #

    Now you can call yourself Sarah Hoyt (“no fixed address” NO MORE!!!!!).

    June 2, 2016
  10. Birthday girl #

    You have a home at last! That light you see really is the end of the tunnel, not a train! Hurray! and congrats!

    June 2, 2016
  11. Tomorrow or Saturday I should be signing off on my massive home exterior remodel.

    My neighbors keep asking if I’m going to be selling, and I answer, “No, I intend to keep living it it and enjoy the remodel.”

    June 2, 2016

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