Monthly Archives: April 2013

Finding Time to Write When Time Cannot be Found

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What I wouldn’t give to be a full-time writer. Everybody knows that writers stretch out comfortably in their fluffy lounge chairs on their huge wrap around porches each day. The ceiling fan above them creates a gentle breeze as they sip on hand-pressed coffee, surroImageunded by the sounds of chirping birds. Inspiration hits them instantly as they begin banging out bestseller after bestseller on their laptops. If I had that kind of freedom I’m certain I could produce thousands of novels!

Unfortunately, that’s not even close to my life. I’ve only managed 27,552 words in the past 6 months, despite the fact that I shoot for 1,000 words/day. For some reason, of which I just can’t put my finger on, I’m completely unable to find enough time for my writing. Here’s what my day looks like:

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One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Mystery Novel

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Driving my kids to school this morning I passed a large black trash bag, carelessly tossed on the side of the road. Instantly my mind filled that bag with a dead body. I wondered what horrific events had led up to this person’s demise, and if it was male or female. And, although the bag was quite large, I wondered if the body was completely intact, or if it had been dismembered so it could fit nicely inside. Was someone looking for them or was it too early in the day for anyone to notice they were missing? And could the lady in the hair curlers driving the mini van behind me be the killer? Some might think these are disturbing thoughts for a mom to have while hauling her young, impressionable children to school. But I say seeing a dead body in garbage bags is a sure sign that I was born to write.

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I Have a Story Idea, Now What?

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When Lindsay and I came up with the theme for our story, we knew we had something special. However as we began writing, we quickly realized that the story took on a life of it’s own and the details in the plot were not what we originally had in mind at all. The way we had first envisioned events of our story taking place, suddenly didn’t fit in with a character’s personality, or the layout of the home town where all the action takes place.

What helped us to stay focused was several things. The first thing was being confident in our theme. You don’t want to get halfway through a book and then decide to change the theme. I’m not saying it can’t or shouldn’t be done, but in doing so you basically scrap your book and start over. We wanted to be certain about the story we were going to write before we began. At the same time, we made a decision on who’s point of view (POV) the story would be told from. We chose to write our story in first person.

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