Sunday, March 14, 2010

Squeezing it in...

So it's been a busy week at work and I've been working on my WIP and a short story in the evenings. It's Friday, we have company coming in, in...oh... fifteen minutes? We're having a small party tomorrow night in honor of this company (and one of them is a chef, who is happily doing the cooking), which will require much preparation tomorrow. Sunday, I have a library panel and our company will still be in town. I realized while running around scooping cat boxes and changing sheets that I hadn't written my Sunday post and thought to myself, "When the hell am I gonna have time to do this?"

The answer, of course, was to drop everything and sit down with my laptop. The subject matter was easy this time around because I want to know what everyone's favorite 'squeezing in the writing no matter else is happening in your lives' techniques are.

Do you write on the bus/train/streetcar?

Do you carry mini-recorders with you while you walk?

Do you use notebooks and pens or carry a laptop/Alpha/??? with you?

Do you wake up at 4am, unable to sleep, and make the most of that time by writing (and if you do, you're a mutant like my boyfriend...)?

Do you scribble notes on breaks or lunch hours if you, like me, have a day job?

Do you throw your hands up in despair, curl into a fetal ball and whimper a lot?

Please share!


Hagelrat said...

well not writing, but my main response to having an overwhelming amount to do is to take a nap.

Teagan Oliver said...

Since my life is chaos as usual with kids in after school activities and working on taxes before and after work I find that the only time I get is during breaks and lunches at work. I have a notebook I carry with me and write what comes to mind. Anything to keep working on it. It helps keep the sanity.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Since I hand-write everything first anyway, I use small, trade-paperback sized blank journals, which I can grab and write in at any time.

My life has no set pattern, so writing in 10 -20 minute incriments is normal anyway.

Morgan Mandel said...

I have been known to reach for a pen on my bedside table to jot down a note so I don't forget it
in the morning.

Morgan Mandel

Dana Fredsti said...

Morgan, when I do that, I can never read my own hand-writing... :-)