What have you learned this week about improving your writing, pushing your story forward or reaching out to the public? My week has been one of those cartoon weeks where the character's head spins at all the various events happening in a short amount of time. I firmly believe that a writer should stay busy, active and inspired in order to write. Maybe your day starts by sitting by the fire to drink a second cup of coffee before hitting the shower. I made time to do this and I can't tell you how much better I felt that day. Besides teaching two college classes, speaking to over 300 elementary students and those dreaded edits of Winds of Deception I managed to work in the garden and visit family for Easter.
This week will be just as busy. I signed a contract with Black Opal Books last week so I'm expecting edits for that manuscript very soon. I have two school appearances, classes and several meetings before I get that contest manuscript ready for Thriller Nashville. So when do I have time to write? Some weeks are better than others, but I really try to do some writing everyday. That might be edits or work on something new. Sometimes I write for hours and other times it will be thirty minutes. But there is never a day that I don't practice being a writer. It is beneficial to me that I don't need a certain time of day to write. I can do it all the time. That really helps when you get distracted by laundry or lillies bursting forth in the garden.
It probably sounds like I was too busy to write this week. But I actually made a lot of progress on several manuscripts and contests entries. I also worked ahead for my classes and planned out a writing class I hope to teach in the future. We are all busy. Don't give up your creativity because of scheduling. You deserve to be a writer.
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http://kbnelson.wordpress.com Karen Nelson is no stranger to writing, working with kids and putting in her time at a homeschool co-op. Check out her website to see what is going on in her life.
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