Diary of a Network Geek

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Squeezing Creative Time In

Filed under: Advice from your Uncle Jim,Art,Criticism, Marginalia, and Notes,Life Goals,Red Herrings — Posted by the Network Geek during the Hour of the Tiger which is terribly early in the morning or 5:05 am for you boring, normal people.
The moon is Waning Gibbous

The biggest excuse that “wannabe” writers give for not writing is that they don’t have the time.

“Q) What does a typical writing day look like for you? How long do you write, that sort of thing?

A) I do most of my writing during my lunch breaks at work. Typically, a few minutes are spent actually eating, and then there are a few minutes of stalling and procrastinating before I dig in and start typing. 50 minutes or so isn’t a lot, but I’ve found I can do about 5000 words in a good week, which allows me to write a book every year in addition to some short fiction.”

– from Wyrdsmiths; Q&A with Jim Hines–Goblin War So, um,yeah, an hour a day really is all it takes, if you really want to write. Really. So, uh, guess what? Yeah, that means no more excuses…

Also, I recently purchased a book titled Time To Write, with the intention of finding ways to make regular writing part of my normal weekly routine.  Well, writing beyond this blog, that is!

Advice from your Uncle Jim:
"If someone keeps having things go wrong, try out the assumption that it's because that someone wants them to go wrong."
   --George Scithers


  1. Yesterday you wrote that you were bored, and today you write you want time to write. I realized you were saying you were bored with the same old in your life, but, next time you want to pick up a cigarette, put your fingers on a keyboard instead.

    Maybe what your life really needs isn’t a relationship with a woman, but a relationship with the writer you so long to be!

    Comment by Cheri — 4/22/2008 @ 5:28 pm

  2. Ha! Yes, exactly so! Of course, writing is a very different struggle for me. And, really, this post is about the same thing that the one before it was; things need to change. That’s what I’m wrestling with these days. What change to make and how to make it.

    Comment by the Network Geek — 4/22/2008 @ 6:59 pm

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