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    teeekilicious18 Member

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    how do you guys write in your hectic times? :)

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by teeekilicious18, Jan 15, 2014.

    I know as writers we should write everyday or regularly but when you have deadline or something get in your way, how do you write in your hectic times? because I know most probably you guys have a lot of responsibilities to dealt with.
    do share :D
     
  2. Wreybies

    Wreybies The Ops Pops Operations Manager Staff Supporter Contributor

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    Honestly, I usually don't. That's not meant as advice, just a factual report. :(
     
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    Often if other stuff gets in the way I don't write properly. I do still scribble down ideas as they come to me so I have lots of material to write with when I'm less busy. I still try to write a little bit so I schedule in a few minutes but often I'll end up either writing what I normally write a day in a week or just sleep less if I'm in a writing mood.
     
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    KaTrian A foolish little beast. Staff Supporter Contributor

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    Paragraph by paragraph. Mostly at night, mostly.
     
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  5. teeekilicious18

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    what's a factual report?
     
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    Wreybies The Ops Pops Operations Manager Staff Supporter Contributor

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    Just a statement of fact (Sebuah pernyataan fakta?)
     
  7. teeekilicious18

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    oh okay.
     
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    I write most days but I don't always write on "fun" projects. I just don't have time for that. If I have something that I need to work on (e.g. a report or an article) then I will consider that my writing task for the day. Hobby writing is for the days where I don't have as much other work to do.
     
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    I don't always write when things are hectic. But for inspiration, I can think of Octavia Butler, who tells how when she was first starting out, not well off and having to work unpleasant jobs, she got up at 2:00 A.M. and wrote until it was time to go to work. Then she'd work all day, take care of whatever else needed doing, and repeat. I don't think most people are going to go to those lengths to write, but it goes to show that where there is a will, there is a way.
     
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    I try to write between 800 and 1500 words a day, usually winding up around 1000. This usually happens at night, in the hour or two before I go to bed. Depending on what's going on (holidays, for instance) I may not write much. If so, well, that's life. I might try to make up for the lost day over the next few (try for 1250 words each day, for example), or I might let it go. As long as I don't miss more than a couple days in a row I can usually keep up my momentum.

    Luckily I don't have to take my day-job work home with me too often, so that's not a problem. But when it is, the above applies. It's been good to me so far.
     
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    Now, that's funny.

    You just gotta squeeze pages in there when you can.
     
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    Usually KaTrian and I take an hour or a few from sleep and then wander around like zombies the next day, all red-eyed after sleeping only 3-4 hours because the writing just kept flowing and we were in "the zone."

    When it's really bad, school and work and other hobbies getting in the way, we mostly discuss our stories, characters, plot twists etc. and either record the discussions with our phones' recorders or jot them down. Sometimes an idea hits you on the can, so you write it down to be used later when you actually have time to focus on the story.
     
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    One reason why my wife and I chose a child-free life together was to maximize the amount of free time we would have to enjoy our own creative endeavors. The real trick for us is avoiding distractions.
     
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    Same here actually. Way too distracted during those times.
     
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    I'm not able to concentrate or put my all into writing during stressful times; I almost didn't write at all a few days ago, in fact, only remembering to do so AFTER the event. I am easily stressed, too...
     
  16. David K. Thomasson

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    Don't try to write in your hectic times. Pick a time of day that isn't hectic and make that your writing time. Even if it's only 20 or 30 minutes, surely you can find a time slot in your day that isn't hectic -- before anyone else wakes up, late at night after others are in bed.
     
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    We don't sleep. We're like vampires, only completely without a social life.
     
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    Sometimes inspiration and ambition comes at 2:00 in the morning
     
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    Then get up and write at 2 in the morning. But don't wait for inspiration and ambition to come calling at their whim. Set an allotted time for writing, and make it inviolate. Allow nothing to encroach on that time, nothing, including your sleepiness or lack of inspiration and ambition.

    If the muse sings at some odd hour, by all means write if you can. But don't concoct the lame excuse that you can't write if the muse doesn't sing. If you're a writer, the muse is always welcome but never in charge. You are in charge.
     
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