Writing even when you aren’t

This guy is actually working very hard

Things have been really busy around here lately, so I haven’t been able to set aside as much time as I’d like to sit down and work on Act Three. (Hopefully this doesn’t sound like I’m making excuses.)

Although I’m not actively writing per se, no matter what I’m doing, my mind is always working out some sort of detail about the story.

Case in point – I’m back in training mode for another half-marathon (Sept 17), so I have to run at least 2-3 times a week. I wear my iPod when I run, but if I’m stuck on a particular part of the story, chances are pretty good I’ll tune out what I’m listening to while my mind tackles the problem. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.

That’s probably how most writers minds operate – constantly.

It’s not easy to establish and maintain a steady writing schedule, so kudos to those who do. But if you’re not writing as much as you’d like to, it’s pretty likely you actually are somewhere in the recesses of your mind. You just have to make sure you set aside time to dig it out and put it on the page.

You may even be pleasantly surprised with what you’ve come up with.