Thursday, August 16, 2007

A Novel Doesn't Write Itself by Kim Baccellia

Contrary to popular belief, it’s hard work to write a novel. It seems like everyone wants to write a book. But how many actually write?

Huh? I actually have to write everyday?

I know life gets in the way. I know that sometimes it’s hard to find the time in a busy schedule to write.

Newsflash: In order to write a novel, you have to stop with the excuses and actually do it.

Here are some tips I’ve found that help me when I don’t feel motivated to write.

** Set a time everyday to write. Find a time that’s best for you. I’m a morning person so I find my creative juices work best earlier in the day.

** Learn to say “no.” Don’t allow others to make you feel guilty. Oprah did a whole episode on this. You have to find time for yourself. If you don’t, no one else will.

** If you have little children, have a notebook or paper handy. Find those extra few minutes a day and write. Fifteen minutes here and there do add up. I’ve also had play dates with other moms so I could have an extra hour just to write.

** Limit surfing the web. This is a tough one. I admit I’ve had problems with this. I try to set limits on when I can go on the web.

** Have your own writing space. I have my own writing room. But if this isn’t an option, find a small space in your house to write.

** Cut back on TV time. Tivo is wonderful. Now I can tape my shows and watch them any time of the day.

In conclusion, a novel doesn’t write itself. Every few minutes do count. You just have to be creative in finding the time to do it.

Kim Baccellia
Author of EARRINGS OF IXTUMEA

3 comments:

Whiskers Ink said...

"Learn to say “no."

That's a hard one and I'm still working on it. Saying no to family abd friends is difficult. I do keep the answering machine on and screen the calls but still...

Kim Baccellia said...

Thanks for stopping by! Yes, saying no is tough. I'm going to be extra firm this coming school year. But I still feel guilty too.

Gina said...

Wonderful advice.