Tick Followed Tock, Followed Tick …
Probably best known for the Guinness ‘White Horses’ advert but the narrator’s voice, deep and foreboding has been whispering in my ear as I struggle to find the time to get any serious writing done. I close my eyes and the crest of the waves is the blank screen in front of me and I hear the voice over of ‘tick followed tock followed tick…’
However, unlike the surfers in the advert, I can’t afford to wait. I need to get on with some writing.
Having taken on a new job just before Christmas my free time to spend writing has reduced dramatically and I have tried to squeeze writing in whenever I can. I’ve started going to bed earlier, which goes against my natural night owl tendencies, but I have done this so I can get up earlier. I’m now getting up at 5.30, making a quick cup of tea and then switching on the laptop to grab an hour’s writing while everyone else in the house are still asleep and before I have to go to work.
My next bit of free time is my lunch hour where I don’t attempt to write, but use it to catch up on some reading, tweeting and Facebooking.
Then the next time I can get to the laptop is later in the evening once tea and other mum duties are out of the way.
This significantly reduced writing time is certainly making me more focussed when I do write but on the downside, it’s harder to connect with my WIP.
I’m in the middle of writing a novella which has the working title ‘The Beginning of The End’ and I’ve about done the first rough draft. I now need to go through it, tightening it up before sending it off for proofreading and editing. At the present time, I’m only releasing it in digital format and I have a cover already prepared by Avalon Graphics. Hopefully I’m still on track to publish mid-March, as long as I continue to make optimum use of my time and keep the voices at bay and have a happy ending just like the Guinness advert, although I may have a glass of wine instead … tick followed tock followed tick …