Wednesday, August 10, 2011

RTW: Tick-tock-tap-tap-tapping on My Keyboard

Welcome to our 91st Road Trip Wednesday!

Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question and answer it on our own blogs. You can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.

We'd love for you to participate! Just answer the prompt on your own blog and leave a link in the comments - or, if you prefer, you can include your answer in the comments.

This Week's Topic:

What time do you prefer to do your writing? Early Worm? Night Owl ? Any five seconds you can grab?

Time. That tricky little minx always seems to do its darndest to avoid me. It's funny that today's prompt was about time and how it relates to our writing schedules, because I spent most of my morning plotting out my life for the Fall semester using Google Calender. It's color-coded with all of my classes, job schedule, and my weekly Editor meeting. I really like it.

The one thing it doesn't have though, are allotted time slots for me to sit and write for fun. That's just what I get for having a busy life, right? Wrong. (Does that make sense? I don't know. I haven't had espresso today.)

I can't plan for when I write. Sometimes I write in the morning. Other times the night is when inspiration grabs hold of my ponytail and won't let go until I've churned out a couple thousand words. Inspiration is a beyotch like that.

My point is this: I prefer to do my writing when I can sit down uninterrupted for a while. It's not a set date that I look forward to every day or week, but it isn't too rare of an occasion either. Just when I start to despair of never getting a chance to write ever again, I stumble across a block of time that seems to have fallen straight from the heavens, and I use it to mollify that part of me that fears being too busy to do what I want to do.

Every time it happens I'm always surprised, and I just take it as a sign that I'm meant to be a writer. Even time understands my destiny. Either that or I'm just extremely lucky. 


  1. YES to the inspiration thing. Sometimes I want to write so badly but the inspiration just isn't there. And other times I'm inspired like crazy, but can't get to a computer/writing utensils.

  2. I enjoy the uninterrupted hours I can steal, and they are often my most productive. I have also found I can crank out some good stuff in twenty minutes (lunch). But I do tend to work best in the morning.

  3. @Francesca: Ah yes, the missing utensils bit. That is usually right about the time inspiration visits while I'm either driving or in the shower. Such a diva.

    @Alison: I have found that when I can get a morning to myself, I am productive. There's just something about that first cup of coffee, no places to be or things to do, and a blank Word doc that gets my writing kicked into gear. It's very nice.

  4. I write at all different times of the day. I'll wake up and start typing first thing, while other days I'll stay up until the wee hours of the night. I don't discriminate!

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