Talk Back: What Is your Writing Schedule?

March 24, 2012

By Marie-Claude Bourque


Hi there writers and friends,
I do hope your writing has been quite productive.

Mine is struggling.

Mostly because I am finishing my Masters and have my dissertation due in exactly two weeks! So with teaching middle school, taking care of my own kids and the extra classes I have to finish, I really have to work at finding the time to write.

My best bet so far is to try to do it first thing in the morning before all the other chores come calling.

But I need your help. How do you manage? What are your struggles and challenges? How did you overcome them? Are you a “on the fly” writer? Or do you have a set schedule that you keep without fail?

I can’t wait to hear from you all!

Much love,
Marie-Claude xoxox

Location:Seattle


NANO: A discovery

November 10, 2010

Song of the day: Comedown by Bush

Here we are 10 days into NANOWRIMO. Ten days of chugging along spouting brilliant words of lyrical, breathtaking, action packed scenes and snappy dialogue. Right? Right?

By now all of us Nano-ers should be about 30% through with our NANO masterpieces. Myself, I’m running a smidgen over 25%. Sounds good, but keep in mind my goal is not 50,000 words.

Let’s be realistic. I have a 14 month old baby. The only time I can get cranking and write is when she is napping. And I don’t crank. I more or less, turn a handle one rotation and stare out the window wishing for some brilliant flash of genius to tell me what happens next in the story. Yep.  Bona fide pantster, here.

But I’m making the most out of my measly time. I found out something amazing in my quest for making the daily word quota. While my little one is strapped in her car seat and I’m sitting in the truck waiting for my older daughter to be released from school, I write. I write MORE than I do in my study during naptime. Since becoming a writer, I have always used this time in the carpool lane to my advantage, but usually I’m editing, judging contests, or writing for this blog.

So, why this sudden volcanic rush of words? Is it the drive to catch up from another pitiful naptime creativity dribble? Is it the change of scenery? Is it simply a sprint? Is it my anal-retentive brain working with blinders on? Probably a little of all of the above.

It got me to thinking. Maybe now that the weather is turning milder, I could load up the kiddo for naptime and drive to the park, sit in the lot, sip my energy drink, and crank, crank, crank.

Do you have a favorite place that you seem to be able to be more productive than normal? Let me hear from you.

Would it be wrong to apply today’s blog to my daily word count?