April 18, 2013

when inspiration strikes

It doesn't happen often that I'm struck with inspiration when I can actually do something about it. But fortunately for me, that's happened the past couple of weeks.

After clearing my schedule for Camp NaNoWriMo, I find myself excited to write, willing to write and able to write.

When I say I have the time and ability to work on my writing, what I mean is I've told myself it's OK to be late posting book reviews this month and I've given myself that brain power to do it. I still don't necessarily have more time in a day than before -- I guess except for subtracting the time it takes to read two or three books in a week.

But I'm still struck with the inspiration to write at moments in my day when writing isn't on my agenda. It can be when I'm in a car (driving or as a passenger), sitting at my desk or spending time with a friend or family member.

This month, instead of saying, "Oh, I'll come back to it later," I've tried a new approach. I've stopped whatever I was doing to jot down a note or even write a few lines of dialogue while the idea is fresh in my mind. I'll make a note in my iPhone or write it on a notepad. Then, as soon as I have time to commit to opening up the word document for my story, I do.

And the writing process goes so much more smoothly. And I find myself better able to focus on what I was supposed to be doing at that time if I can just settle the issue of my story. It's a big win for me.

The only downside of this writing freedom is that my pile of books to review is getting bigger. But I'll get to them. If I made a commitment, I'll find a way to fulfill it. You just might not see many more book reviews until May. And, OK, my pile of dirty laundry is also getting bigger, my house is becoming messier and I have a few other little commitments that need taken care of this weekend.

But I'll find the time. I've only just realized the value of making time for my writing, too, and I love it.

Now that I've finished this rambling post, I'm going to write a few more paragraphs before I dry my hair.

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