Making Writing Real: AKA I Have No Time
Julie’s side of the story:
TODAY’S BREW: anything hot I can find
I had a date!!! This may seem like Bridget Jones Diary, if I had ever read/seen that, but it’s not. As you may have heard, my husband and I had a real live date last night for the first time since October, when we celebrated our 10th anniversary…super old! Last night there was a boat, and beer, and crazy spectacular food from the Driftwood here in ye olde Plimoth, and if you haven’t been there you are doing yourself a great disservice. Even if you are not a resident of this country, put it on your to-do list.
So, not only did I get the opportunity to tell people that I am in a state of constant glee from sending out my first agent query…hooray!…but I was able to think outside of my four walls and two kids and think on my very own second book for a bit by default. Running Away is the sequel to Running Home, and I have had it in the works for some time. Actually, it was originally just part of the first novel, but then I realized that it was absolutely its own storyline and setting, and I had gotten a lot of work done on it. Yay me! But I lost it a bit in the whirlwind of finalizing book one, and starting this blog with Kristen, who is tireless and nearly impossible to keep up with, and working on Immortal Dilemma, and agonizing over agent queries and such. So now, it is game on once again! Time to dig in and get excited about new endeavors, when I am still in the other endeavors, and thinking of even more endeavors.
As Kristen may have mentioned, this requires a lot of time that we don’t necessarily have. It also requires inspirado, which may or may not be a real word, and devoting the same energy and attention to building a story that we gave our first books. Possibly more so, just to be sure that we are consistent, and creating something worthy of our readers, not something that feels like an afterthought. That is, assuming we have readers. A lot of assumption happens around here.
Kristen and I are nothing if not eternal managers. Middle management and upper management have their perks. We can organize time like lunatics. Bad analogy…I would think true lunatics have no real sense of time. But you know what I mean. It is time for us to create schedules and lists, which we love like regular girls like shoe shopping. (Note from Kristen: shoe shopping is pretty rad, too.) What works for us really well is the simple art of giving ourselves deadlines, like this is not just a hobby, and really adhering to them. Making our time together truly happen, and using it wisely is the non-negotiable. We get together a minimum of twice a week, and talk all day long, (yes, all day long via text), to make writing a constant presence.
And there you have it. If anyone is wondering how in hell we manage to do this in real life, its because we absolutely make writing a constant presence. We plan on doing it, we talk about doing it, we check on each other, we jot down our ideas, and we treat it like that very first boyfriend/girlfriend you had in high school…you did other things, but it was all background noise to that feeling you had when you were with them.
With alllll of that being said, my point is, whether your writing book one or two or ten or just writing a conversation you thought of and maybe have no place for, make it happen all the time. Yes, all the time. While waiting for your happy meals. While sitting in your car. While showering. While feeding the dog. And tell someone about it. That’s what makes it real.