Do thinking, dreaming, and planning on writing 7 days a week count?
For those of us that have demanding daytime careers, families, and long commutes 2-3 days a week are sometimes the best we can do.
In the winter when the sun sets at 5:00 pm there’s plenty of time to write, edit, and read. In the spring and summer there’s a different story. And in my world this is ok, or at least I try to tell myself its ok.
I try to write at least 5-10 hours a week every week of the year. In the summer this may be 2 hours Monday - Friday and 8 on the weekend, but I get my time in and I get my manuscripts written, and edited. In essence I do what I can do when I can. You’d think this would satisfy me, but it doesn’t. I spend much of the work week telling myself that when I get home tonight I’ll go down in the basement and spend a couple of hours writing.
Despite all of these challenges I’ve written close to 1,000,000 words during the past 3 years. This includes three separate Thrillers. The first two were what I call learning novels and to this day they are resting quietly somewhere in the basement on a disc or a hard drive. The third is growing and getting closer and closer to the day I pitch it to agents and begin the path toward getting published.
To all of you fellow writers out there - What’s your story? How often do you write? Do you have any secrets for getting your words down on paper?