Thursday, June 9, 2011

Be Inspired on Time

Dear Blogspot,

If you don’t start letting me comment on my favorite blogs again I will have to switch to Wordpress. That’s right, I said the “W” word.

Lacey (who’s technologically grumpy).

And rant over.

Today, I have another tip for making the most of your writing time. This one’s all about having your muse at your beck and call. Being inspired on time is a scarily simple thing to achieve and here’s how it works:

1. Write at the same time every day.

That’s it.

This particular writing tip is based around habit and mental processes. Basically, if you write at the same time everyday it follows that you form a habit. This lovely habit trains the brain and that muse of yours to be prepared to do that activity at the same time each day. Therefore, when you sit down to your computer at 10.30 every night for 21 days (the time it takes to form a new habit) and demand that your brain let you introduce Harry to Sally then that’s exactly what you will get.

Of course you do have to be awake to some extent. This tip will not save you if you are totally and utterly exhausted because then, and you can take my word on this, your muse is on vacation and you have bigger problems than your plot hole—like your health. You have to take care of yourself if you want the brain to work properly—chronic fatigue and brain fog are two things that will only make life and your writing harder to do.

This has been another edition of how to write more without finding more time =)

In other news…

I’m being greedy with Minx interviews this month and this week I’m chatting to debut Harlequin Desire author Cat Schield. I love debut author books because they’re a sample of what the editors are looking for at this very moment. Come join us for a chance to win Cat’s first book Meddling with a Millionaire.

Also, a belated congrats to Andrea Laurence from the Writer’s Playground who was acquired by Desire last week. If you need a writing pick-me-up you can read her call story here.



scarlet wilson said...

Today I can comment! But for the last two weeks (and still from my home computer) I couldn't!
It's driving me nuts and I've done the 'clear cookies' stuff to no avail!
Fed up using other people's computers so I'm right there with you Lacey - contemplating W.

Anonymous said...

Sorry about your commenting woes - how frustrating. Hope it gets fixed soon!

Love what you have to say about writing at the same time of the day. And can I just say that if you try to force your brain to cooperate OUTSIDE that regular time . . . well, cattle prods and bullwhips might be in order LOL. It's WORSE than pulling teeth trying to get my muse to cooperate when I don't follow my routine.

Good luck, Lacey!

Sally Clements said...

Great post, Lacey! I love the idea of getting more done without putting more time in!
I find working away with a playlist for the book is a great way to jumping straight back into the writing mood - a audible mojo regenerator. Works for me! (that and licorice all sorts)

Jackie Ashenden said...

Yay for Cat! And also yay for the tip. I have to say I wake up every morning wanting to write but you know, that can be a BAD thing. Especially when you can't due to obstacles like a husband and kids. Leads to unreasonable grumpiness. ;-)

Lacey Devlin said...

Scarlet - I'm obsessively clearing the cookies too but I don't think it's us I think it's something blogger has done during their upgrade :(

Lacey Devlin said...

Aimee - It's interesting that it's so much harder it can be when you try to write outside the usual routine. I don't know how people do it. I've tried the whole writing in whatever tiny bits of time that I have across the day with little success. I think even then you're better off if your breaks/travel is at the same time each day.

Lacey Devlin said...

Sally - Great tip! I must try the audible mojo regenerator.

Jackie - Put husband and kids in a box? No?

LOL! You know you're a writer when it's the first thing you want to do for the day and you're grumpy if you can't have it :-)

Talli Roland said...

I know, Blogger's been throwing fits lately!

Great tip. I try to write every day at the same time, too.

Lacey Devlin said...

Thanks, Talli. I'm glad I'm not alone with this blog struggle.

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