Writing Tip of the Day: Time to Write

Writing Tip of the Day: Time to Write.
I don’t have time to write=’s I haven’t made writing a priority in my life.
I work 9-10 hous a day monday through friday with an hour drive time communte and I also work on Sundays. Saturday is family day, so most of my time is spent visiting with family.
I visit my mom and sister now most Friday nights.
I have a wife and two children who need time and attention and love.
And I have time to write, if I take it. I know of now very successful authors who worked 60 hours a week at their job and had a lot more children than I do and they still took time to write.
Why, because they made it a priority. They had a Dream to become a professional writer, rather than a daydream to be a rich and famous author and quit having to work hard. Being a professional writer is working hard.
Ask Kevin J. Anderson. He’s working pretty much from when he wakes up to when he goes back to bed, though he also gets to call some pretty fun activities writing work related. But he does the work, only to get mocked by lazy half wits who say because he works harder than they do and produces more he must be a hack.
The man may be something of a mercenary, by regular writing standards. But there’s a reason mercenaries got hired, they are the most bad ass professionals of their fields. And setting the work of the average writer against the work of Anderson would leave them gutted on the battlefield like a normal soldier against a hired, and lets not forget, well paid mercenary.
And even he has time for fresh, original writing of his own, weakening my metaphor but strengthening my original point that people who prioritize writing make time for it. And yes, he has the luxury of doing that full time. But he earned that luxury by busting his ass and doing the work like, or rather as, a professional. Because it’s a profession.
Here’s my test. Write down the number 24. Below subtract the number of hours you actually sleep, on average. Not what you think you should, but what you do. Be sure to figure in those times you stay up late to binge Netflix or finish a great book or . . . more personal things best left unsaid here.
Now subtract the time you are at work, actually working. Ignore breaks and lunch time and commute drive time, all of which can currently be used for writing, at least in some fashion, using modern technology.
Now subtract 2 or four hours for writing time.
Then take the rest of the time of each day and divide it however you choose. And don’t forget that you can work on story ideas at the gym or dictate while hiking like Kevin J Anderson does, if you have the right tools to do it.
Then do the same for weekend days you don’t work, if any.
All the things you are doing that you want to smash more time into than you can fit after writing is subtracted from the number of hours you have left are things that you are currently prioritizing over writing. To some degree you should be. A certain amount of quality time with family, industrious hard work around the house, etc.
But video games, movies, tv shows, reading (to a degree). putzing time, time spent visiting on facebook, time daydreaming about what your life will be like once you are successful author . . . the list goes on.
And how many conventions have you attended. If none, what have you used that vacation time for. Where did you or your family go for vacations, etc.
Make learning, practicing, writing and marketing your work a priority in your life, or admit that it wasn’t time you didn’t have.

Writing Tip of the Day:

Writing Tip of the Day:
Reading, even reading hundreds of books, doesn’t make you a writer any more than watching every Bruce Lee movie ever made makes you a martial artist.
I have the amazing benefit, currently, of working at a job where I can listen to books and audio books and I’ve been spending a ton of time studying the craft of writing. The more I learn, the more I realize just how much there is to know about this amazing field.
For whatever reason, though they would not expect it of really any other art form, people think they should be able to just sit down and write a short story or novel because they’ve read a lot and can write a sentence and paragraph.
They would never expect to be able to play a masterful symphony after just listening to music. There may be the crazy rare prodigy that can do it, but for the other 99.99999 percent that means there’s a lot to learn.
And that means just what it means in another other advanced and difficult profession. It means a lot of study, a lot of practice and a lot of hard work just to be able to really be able to become adept enough to do a good solid job on average work.
Note not best selling block buster lottery winning money work. Average work. To do more takes time, practice, skill, a dash of talent and a lot of hard work and experience.
And sometimes luck.
But even if you have done everything you can to master all the skills of writing, I am learning, that is not enough. There is a whole other factor and skill set that matters, and it’s not one that seems to often go hand in hand with the things that cause people to want to be authors.
Social Skills, work ethic, networking, self promotion, salesmanship, marketing and most of all manners seem to also be necessary to get your foot in the door. A good book, from what i’m hearing and seeing from top authors, isn’t good enough. For those starting off, the agents and editors are taking a chance not just on the book but on the author, and since the competition is fierce, it doesn’t hurt to know people and have them like you.
Self Publishing may seem like a way to avoid all that, but it’s actually far worse. You have to be able to fully market yourself directly to the readers, then. You have to be an editor, not just the writer. You have to be even more of a salesman. And you need to learn all the skills of e-publishing. You also need to hire or learn all the skills necessary to get a great title and cover and cover art and back of the book blurb and . . . and . . . and . . .
I’m a gamer, and I have been all my life, so hopefully you will forgive me a D&D reference. It works for video gamers, too. Or even adventures on books and movies. They start out able to do some pretty amazing things, or become able to after a training montage. In Dungeons and Dragons even a first level fighter is skilled in using plate mail and a huge variety of weapons and shields and can hold their own against some pretty impressive enemies. Goblins, orcs, even skeletons and things.
But writers don’t start out at first level. They start out at 0th level. For gaming it may be an obscure, optional rule that dates my age, but for writing it communicates best. There are things you need to know, a lot of basic foundational skills that are the writers equivalent of knowing how to use short swords and leather armor and bows and such with basic adeptness and skill. And then you practice, practice, practice. For a more mystical version, this is the level at which you learn cantrips. Making a splash of acid or a minor illusion might not be as powerful or flashy as a fireball but it’s a heck of a lot more than posers who refuse to practice and work hard and realize that writing is both an art and a craft will ever be able to manage.
That intensive study and practice is how you earn the ding of first level where the real hard work begins.
Of course that doesn’t even fully address the issue. Not only are a huge number of people not willing to master the skills and do the hard work it takes to make themselves professional writers, but they expect to not only make a book but to make a book that sells millions of copies and is made into a major Hollywood movie and makes them rich and famous.
What I am saying, in summary, is that if what you are looking for is a career in writing, rather than a daydream, you need to buckle down and confront doing the work.
The good news is that, due to the power of the internet, some really great, generous authors, there has never been an easier time to get good educational materials and sound mentor-ship than now.

Borrowed from Rick Flynn

Borrowed from Rick Flynn. Let’s remember that people are not their medical conditions. They are people with medical conditions.
Here are nine people who will lose their coverage under Trumpcare 2.0, and one who won’t. Guess which one:
1. a person with diabetes
2. a person who has had cancer
3. a person with asthma
4. a person with allergies
5. a person with heart disease
6. a person with HIV or AIDS
7. a person with chronic lung disease
8. a person with Cystic Fibrosis
9. a person with Multiple Sclerosis
10. any member of Congress

This woman

This woman, Margaret Wanjiru….huhuhuuuuuu….Halleluiyah, the Glory is here! Just wait, where? Sorry the Glory is departed. Ichabod! Mixing religious leadership and politics makes a poisonous cocktail. Muiru was there and now it is Wanjiru. But greed seems to be stronger than anointing for many people of the cloth. They use God to make money and then use the money and their disciples to join politics. They end up losing both politics and God.Let her cool her heels in RUMANDE for those punch days.