My writing time is limited at the best of times. Lately, that time has been shattered into little bits as the small people who depend on me are not sleeping well. I’m still sticking to my schedule as much as I can, still trying to keep my muse happy while taking care of those around me. But chopping up my writing time has created two interesting byproducts.
My current focus during writing time is doing a final edit on my work in progress. I've gotten great feedback from a couple beta readers and now I'm trying to apply it. Which leads me to the byproducts of a crazy, hacked up schedule.
One is having editing time broken up means I can’t get caught up in the story. It’s enabled me to pick apart scenes as well as sentences as they stand as individuals. Which has been interesting.
I’ll need to do one more read through to ensure the words and story flow, but dissecting the story like this has been good. It’s also enabled me to see a couple of patterns in my writing I need to adjust, so that has been good.
Having my time fractured like this has also forced me to make the time I have that much more effective. I’m learning to ignore little distractions, like if someone turns on the TV and the noise from that. The TV, which used to pull me out of whatever I was working on, is no longer distracting me. A couple of shows still do, when I hear them, but generally speaking I have really improved on my ability block it out.
I won’t lie. It has been frustrating and I’m not getting through the work as quickly as I when my time isn’t broken up. But I like to look on the positive side of things as much as possible. And I do value the lessons it’s taught me. Hopefully I’ll be able to apply them when my time isn’t as fractured as it has been of late.