Writing even when you aren’t

This guy is actually working very hard

Things have been really busy around here lately, so I haven’t been able to set aside as much time as I’d like to sit down and work on Act Three. (Hopefully this doesn’t sound like I’m making excuses.)

Although I’m not actively writing per se, no matter what I’m doing, my mind is always working out some sort of detail about the story.

Case in point – I’m back in training mode for another half-marathon (Sept 17), so I have to run at least 2-3 times a week. I wear my iPod when I run, but if I’m stuck on a particular part of the story, chances are pretty good I’ll tune out what I’m listening to while my mind tackles the problem. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.

That’s probably how most writers minds operate – constantly.

It’s not easy to establish and maintain a steady writing schedule, so kudos to those who do. But if you’re not writing as much as you’d like to, it’s pretty likely you actually are somewhere in the recesses of your mind. You just have to make sure you set aside time to dig it out and put it on the page.

You may even be pleasantly surprised with what you’ve come up with.

3 thoughts on “Writing even when you aren’t

  1. I’ve done this a few times in the past few weeks. I write first thing in the morning and sometimes I’m just not awake yet. So I set an alarm for an hour and tell myself I’ll think about the story problem I’ve discovered, all the while castigating myself for being lazy. But both times it’s worked, although this last time I had to make a hurried note on my iPhone before I got into the shower.

      • Good. So well I didn’t notice your reply, looks like this WP toolbar is good for something after all. I’m working on prose and screenwriting projects and I’m getting into outlining for the first time on both of them.

        I’ve outlined the prose and I’m currently addressing notes I made while doing so. I’m almost done with the first draft of the screenplay and I’m realizing I didn’t pay enough attention to pacing in the third act, but nothing insurmountable. My boring villain, on the other hand….

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