Writing Regularly – the Unexpected Busy

We’ve talked about how important it is for writers to write on a regular basis, to hone their skills and actually finish what they’re working on.

We’ve talked about how there’s no one definition of “regularly” and that, if you set a time and frequency that works for you in your life, as long as you keep writing and stick with it, it’s good.

We’ve talked about how everyone has times when life gets really busy and it seems like there’s no time to write. How it’s important to try to keep writing then if you can, even if you need to decrease how much.

We’ve talked about a few things you can do to help with this for busy seasons that are scheduled and that you can see approaching.

But what about those times when chaos breaks loose, the bluebird of happiness flies up your nose and you’re totally sideswiped by the unexpected busy?

Well, there’s a couple of things you can do to prepare for the unexpected and be the Jackie Chan of writers

  • Have a portable writing setup. A bag that holds your laptop or notebook with such accessories as are needed. A designated extension cord, for typing in odd places. Set it up so it’s ready to grab and go.
  • Every project had several stages – outlining, researching, writing, editing. And many of us have more than one project on the fire at a time. Some of these stages are more flexible or portable than others. Be aware of what you’ve currently got on tap that’s a more portable stage, in case of chaos ensuing
  • Build yourself cues that make it easier for you to write, and have those cues easily accessible. If a certain kind of music helps you screen out distractions and write, have it loaded on your laptop.

If you have a “bug-out”plan  available to you, you’ll be in better shape to act when the unexpected busy arises

Catherine Kane

4/19/12

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