No More Excuses

The time to write is NOW!  Really, it was yesterday, but I made too many excuses.  Here are some simple solutions to the everlasting problem of finding time to write when you are a busy person.

 

Work

I work three, sometimes four, days a week.  They are long shifts, usually really early in the morning, and they can be particularly draining both physically and mentally.  What better reason is there to write?  Pull yourself away from the stress of complicated returns and credit promotions and write on your lunch break!  If I spent just 15 minutes of the hour lunch I get writing then I could produce a solid 500-1,000 words.  Not bad at all!

 

Kids

I will be the first to admit that I used my pregnancy and newborn child as a huge excuse to not write these past two years.  While, obviously, it was extremely tiring being pregnant and then being a new mother, I could have made more strides toward my writing too.  If you are not going to nap when the baby naps, and chores are caught up, write for a bit!  If I took just one half hour of my 9 month old’s nap and dedicated it to writing then I could potentially accomplish around 2,500-3,000 words.  Not to mention just after putting him to bed!  If I don’t immediately turn the TV on to relax and instead wrote for 20 minutes, BAM!  Another 2,000 words.

 

Chores

Look, laundry and dishes wash themselves after you load them.  Then the cycles last 1-3 hours each.  Use that time to write a scene or two!  Another 2,000-6,000 words!

 

I am not saying to neglect your family, job, or housework–not in the slightest.  I merely suggest not using them as an excuse not to write.  If your goal is to publish someday, like mine is, then do not put your passion for writing aside so easily.  There is time to write.  I can accomplish nearly 10,000 words a day by finding these moments to write amidst my regular duties.

You may find that you are too tired, and obviously you need to take care of yourself first.  If your child is happy and healthy, your house is clean, and you paid the bills, and you are still not too tired, that’s the perfect time to write.  Sneak away, ask for some me time, and start typing.

 

Good luck, and thank you,

Heather Ellen Yamauchi

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An Event for Writers Everywhere

Writers sell themselves short.  It is a fact of the business.  We are often underpaid, overworked, and underappreciated.  Now what?  Well, we strive to sell books, do we not?  But what happens when we are self-published, selling e-books, or just plain offering up deals and discounts and free materials?  Then we are likely not making any money.  Why sell ourselves short?  We work too hard, and put too much of our very souls into our work to not get a living out of what we are trying to gift to the world.

An event will be taking place, virtually.  The event, Our Books Are Not Free, will be hosted February 11-15 on Facebook, by author, Rose Montague of http://fantasyfunreads.blogspot.com, to celebrate authors and their desire to sell books.  Join us for stimulating conversation and discussions, panels, and interviews by authors from all across the globe.  And please, buy some books!  Support authors!

Please click the following link and select “going” to join in on the action!

Our Books Are Not Free Facebook Event Page

 

And as always, thank you,

Heather Ellen Yamauchi of Hobbitual Literature

Enter Generic New Year Resolution Here

Essentially, a new year means a new you, right?  At least, that is what our culture expects of us here in America.  I, while finding much inspiration and motivation already this year, do not believe in creating standards and goals too hard to achieve so early on in a year.  Why set yourself up for failure, albeit, unknowingly, because who knows what may happen throughout the year?  I find my motivation, my passion, and gain some insight into what I can accomplish first then set some goals afterwards.  Here is what I have discovered thus far in 2017.

First off, my 9 month old is thriving and actually allowing me to get some writing done.  That in and of itself is an accomplishment in parenting and the writing world.  Motivation!

Secondly, I am finding that with that writing I may not be achieving high word counts, but I am liking the direction the words are taking my work in progress.  Passion!

That passion is leading to new ideas and generating a sense of confidence in my writing.  Inspiration!

On top of it all, a writing friend that I have known for a while now has, somewhat unknowingly, pushed me deeper into the writing world than I have been previously, and that is a great feeling.  Fellow writer, Jennifer Zamboni of http://jenniferzamboni.blogspot.com/, has opened my eyes to networking as a writer to find inspiration and resources that I didn’t even know existed!  Thanks, Jen!  More on those branches in future posts, surely.

So back to those goals I was talking about.  I may not state a definitive goal of 1,000 words a day, or finish a book by the end of the year, but I will hope for progress.  Steady progress is enough for me.

In closing, welcome to 2017, writers and readers.  I hope to be putting more work out there soon, and hopefully finishing some really great projects in the coming year.

Thank you, as always,

Heather Ellen Yamauchi of Hobbitual Literature