I woke up to find the fire hydrant sitting on the lawn, bits of fiberglass and headlights scattered around. That hydrant gets hit periodically, always in the middle of the night. What impressed me was that I slept right through it. Never heard the crash.
A county truck came by later in the morning to retrieve the fire hydrant and then a second one came by fifteen minutes later to put a cone on the spot where the hydrant was,
I wrapped up Write Like a Pulp Writer: Lessons From Writing a Story a Week for A Year. I planned for it to be a part of a series, so I decided on the series title as “Pantser Rebellion Writing Guide.”
The most interesting lesson learned was on time management. I’ve read the books for years (and for a while bought it into trying to find the right system to solve my problems). The time management books talk about how to manage time for your career goals from your day job. Personal time is generally treated as a nuisance on the side where you aren’t doing your goals. Sleep? Yeah, shave off an hour, do more on your goals.
Books on time management for writers talk about how to grab time in the evening or while you’re waiting for doctor appointments. Grab the Scrivener app and write while you’re standing in line at the grocery store. But neither book mashes them together–you know, managing your time when you have a day job and are writing on the side. I’m thinking that’s going to be a future book in this writing guide series.
Look for Write Like a Pulp Writer: Lessons From Writing a Story a Week for A Year to be published December 27. One of my goals for 2022 is to be more intentional about release dates.
Since I’m done a little early (and met my deadline with time to spare), the next one will be Write One Draft: How to Cycle in Your Story As You Write.
Definitely getting both of these – especially because I’m considering the Bradbury challenge for next year. My only concern is that I won’t necessarily have the mental bandwidth for any other writing projects. Guess there’s only one way to find out! (Grin)
I found that during the first half of the challenge, I could do other projects. I think it might have helped keep the inner critic busy. During the second half, I could only do the stories. I had to put everything else on hold.
I too am considering the Bradbury challenge. And you seem like a pretty prolific writer, Linda. Thanks for this and wishing you all the best with your writing endeavours!
Thanks, Stuart. I’m working on being more prolifc. The challenge helped me focus on being able to hit the deadline, something I’ve had trouble with.
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