We must use time as a tool, not as a couch. – John F Kennedy

Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle. – Abraham Lincoln

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. – Thomas A. Edison

How do I spend time honing my craft?  Good Question!  Do I have a specific schedule for writing? No.   Do I set aside time each day to write? No.   So how do I, as a writer, use my time?  Simple, I have 24 hours in each day just like you.  I sleep, eat, play with my dogs, cats, goats, geese, ducks, chickens, and rabbits just like you.  (Well to some extent like you. Depends on if you have a micro farm, regular farm, home stead… You get the idea.)  There are some days that I do not touch a key board at all.  There are other days when I spend hours at the key board.  When I am in the “zone” as my son calls it, I lose track of time.  My hubby is very gracious and leaves me to wander in the world I have created.  However, my dogs view my writing as neglect to them.  They crowd around my feet, lay their heads in my lap and in general, after several hours, vex me until I pay attention to them.  I need to stretch these old bones of mine by that time anyway.

On the days that I am compelled to write, I rise very early in the morning hours. Fix a cup of coffee and toast, put the dogs out, sit down to the keyboard and see what my characters are doing.  Its quiet, its dark outside and the time is just right to visit their world.  I walk around in their skins, talk with them, play in their world until the dogs wake the dead and remind me they want back inside. Usually I am able to slide back into their world and continue the adventure for a few hours more before this world calls to me to come home.

While the mundane things of this world claim my physical body’s attention (laundry, dishes, etc.), part of my mind is busy working out details of the other world and continuing the story line.  People are becoming use to me being in a semi-fog of this reality and just laugh when they have to repeat their questions to me.  I have to say that my family is very gracious to me. Plus my hubby takes long naps. So it is a win-win for us.

About eve culley

Children's Author, micro-farmer, wife, mother, and grandmother
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