Thursday, April 21, 2011
When the Muse is Distracted
I recently spent a day in a writing workshop and the lesson I took away from it was that I could produce a lot of words in as little as 15 minutes. Even writing with a pen on paper I can bang out about 5-7 pages of stuff in 15 minutes. Not that it's all good! But hey, you've got some material to work with. You can't sell a blank screen.
So why have I been sitting here for three hours and I haven't written a single word on my current novel?
Today my excuse is that my husband is working at home. Just having another person in my physical space - something I'm not used to during the day - is enough to upend my routine (not to mention he keeps coming in to my office to see me!).
But I'll get in my writing time today, even if it's later in the day after all are in bed. I think I write my best stuff at night anyway, when the world is more quiet, the sunshine not beckoning me to go out and explore the outer world rather than the inner world of my imagination.
I write Science Fiction and Fantasy for teens and adults. When not writing, I may be found geeking out about space, physics and other cool science; gaming (Dragon Age rules); traveling the western U.S. to attend comic cons and book festivals; and spending time with my guy, my teen daughter and two cats.
Writer of words. Lover of nature. Insatiably curious …