So I've been thinking about a new plan of action regarding writing.
"What's that?" you say.
Well, I have to figure something out, so after talking with a friend, I've got an idea. At night, at 9 o'clock, I work on writing. Whatever that may be, the planning or the actual chapters, that's what I'm doing.
I even have a sign.
I had a different one, but it turns out that one actually meant nursing, and I'm too old and never want to again. Yeah, mother/baby closeness and all that, the soreness is not one I want to revisit. Wouldn't trade those times for anything else in the world, but I'm glad we're able to hang out and do things that don't require being attached to my boob. Just sayin'!
The first night was interesting because after preparing every member of my family for the closing of the door, the very moment I closed the door, there was a request for a Yasso bar.
After that, it was about more food. Now, I tried giving the benefit of a doubt because maybe they were actually hungry. So, I stopped, fed them, and went back into the room. One or two more stops and then solid.
think if I can get them into the pattern, the door closed means let me work, see the sign🛑, maybe they'll let me. Also, if I can ensure all needs are met prior to that, it will help.
Now, this doesn't mean I'm sacrificing family time. After all, by 9, they should be in the bed or on their way to it. What it means is that I focus on getting them there ahead of time, which is hard enough. You probably know how many things kids can suddenly need when it's time to go to bed. 🥛
A friend of mine suggested a three-day write, a two-day off kind of thing. She says this way they don't hate my writing time, and they'll be happy when I take a couple of days off.
This way, I can do the homework, get the clothes done, clean the house, run the errands, do the practices, work, and basically do all the things mommy writer has to do as well as write, too.🕛🕧🕐🕜🕖🕡🕕🕞🕔
Let's see how it goes!
What am I Writing?
I'm currently working on an anthology piece in the Fever series from Extasy Books. Here are the first two:
f you know nothing of these two, hang on a sec. Let me find the blurbs. Rummaging. Rummaging.
Here they are!
Spring Fever 🔥
Where restless wolves and excited shifters of all kinds expect to fall head over heels in love due to Spring Fever. Spring Fever - where emotions and happiness come alive following the harsh winter to melt our hearts. The Spring Fever anthology features six shifter stories from some of eXtasy Books' top authors, all-encompassing awakening love, and in many cases, a little bit of Spring lust!
A sequel to the Spring Fever anthology, these six stories bring you shifters seeking warmth and cheer with a little Winter Magic thrown in for this festive season.
Winter Magic – where warmth and cheer and all good things associated with the festivities of this magical season are set to make your hearts glow. The Winter Magic anthology features six shifter stories from some of your favorite eXtasy Book authors. Let romance work its magic for you this winter.
Both can be found most anywhere and include some fantastic stories.
Plug intended! 🔌😊
So, there are two left in the series. The first is Autumn Feast, and the other is planned for summer. 🌞
For the Autumn season one, my short story will focus on Calyx and Trey and will include bits from Eric and Dimitri as well as Trey's cousin Kindling. Now, Kindling has eyes for Haru, the goblin high lord and Calyx's and Dimitri’s father. Haru's trying to keep some distance between himself and the young wolf, but Kindling has his mindset. No one less than the high lord himself will do.
The other piece I'm working on is Broken Promises which is the next book in the Broken series. This one is Kristoff's story. Kristoff is the mate to Jeremiah, the alpha of the Iroquois pack. I've been asked many times for his story, which made me doubly nervous about writing it. But, you know I had to one day. He refused to be ignored, and now we're about halfway done with finally giving him and Jeremiah what they both need. Each other.
After that, it's a griffin story. Oh, a continuation of the Merman series, which is a third of the way done.
I really think this 9 o'clock writing time is going to help!
Let's see what the experts say!🗯️
The Daily Writing Habits of 10 Famous Authors
This article shares the writing schedules of prolific writers of the past and present. There are some great names in there. They did it. We can, too.
How Do You Find Time To Write?
This article keeps it real, working mommy writer real! I love Joanna Penn's suggestions.
With this tried and true information and new strategies, tonight we're trying it again. Only, we're about an hour late after a date night which included my son and then hubby running off to drive Uber.
Third time has to be the charm, right?
(Oh, and it's Derby Day here in Louisville, so Happy Derby Day!)
Then and Now
Gave up on the sign. Now, I just wait until things have settled down and write. Work, dinner, homework, work-out, and then write. And be consistent. Write every day, even if it's just a paragraph. Write!
I forgot all about Yasso bars, but you better believe they will be on the next shopping list!
Those books are finished and out there! Be sure to check them out!
I still rely on those articles. I'm always looking for ways to hone my craft, but the most important thing? Writing.
So, if you're reading this and you're a writer, stop and go pick up a pen, open up a document, or start recording! Make it happen!