What if you can’t write?

It may be better to phrase the question as:  What if you are unable to write?

Next to having a writer’s block (which, in my opinion, is not possible), or the fear of failure (which is very real), this is probably one of the bigger obstacles a writer can face.  By ‘unable’, I mean physically not having the ability to carve out even thirty minutes of continuous writing time.

Every writer out there has their own way to get around this:  Carry a notebook everywhere you go and write in waiting rooms, the bus, the train, even sitting on the can.  There are ENDLESS ways to get around the I don’t have time excuse.  However, once in a great while, you can’t get around it.  The time just isn’t there.

So how do you cope?  How do you justify it?

I, presently, am in this situation.  You may now be typing in the comments:  “But aren’t you writing right now?  You have time for a blog post!  Why not your writing?”  And you would be right to do so.  It’s a rare occasion.

Everyday, I think about my SSTS challenge that I started this year and haven’t been able to follow through.  The second story sits with only one day written and it bothers me each and every day.  I feel like I’m letting my audience down and it, too, bothers me.

This post is more of a personal vent.  Letting off this steam may allow me to look at my time with a fresh perspective and I might find that one hour to write smack In the middle of my two jobs, outside obligations, and my family.  I’m not the first to be in this rut, and I won’t be the last.  Nor, am I in the worst of time crunch situations.

I want to know you deal with not having time to write.  Do you just ride it out, working toward making the time?  Do you write five minutes here and ten minutes there?  Is the frustration so debilitating, that when you do get to write, you can’t, because all of the words want to rush out at one time and create a pile of nonsense?

I want to know.


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Hard work vs. talent

Originally posted on Cristian Mihai:

“Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential.” - John C. Maxwell

They say hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard. And I do agree. After all, talent is never just an innate ability. It’s a lot more than just that.

It’s hard work, perseverance, discipline, vision, courage, faith, and a bunch of others all mixed up into one.

But can hard work alone make you a good artist?

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How long does it take you to write a book?

Originally posted on Jodie Llewellyn:

I wrote my first book, SECTOR 12 in 2.5 weeks. It was a dare from a friend, and apparently I can work pretty fast when I have a goal. I churned out about 60,000 words in that time. It was crazy.

I wrote my second book, WRAPPED IN DARKNESS in 3 months. I committed to 1,000 words a day and got 80,000 words done in just under the 3 month mark.

I wrote my third book, CHEMICALS COLLIDE in about a month. I wrote most of it in Nanowrimo and a tiny bit afterwards.

I’m currently working on a YA Fantasy and my plan this time is to take my time. To set no goals and let it flow organically, just to see how it pans out.

How long do you take to write a novel?

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Self-Publishing: Amateurs versus the Pros

Jack Foehammer:

Another good one from JW.

Originally posted on J W Manus:

There’s a war going on right now. Hachette vs Amazon is the big battle du jour. You can read all about it here and here and here. That’s not the real war. The real war is being fought against indie writer/publishers. It’s being fought mainly with propaganda pushed by the big publishing houses (who are part of a HUGE media conglomerates) aided by agents and big-name writers.

In a perfect world (okay, in my perfect world) there would be a separate section on Amazon or B&N.com for self-published e-books, maybe even separate websites. I truly believe that it would help the reader distinguish the books as well. Readers don’t purchase books based on who the publisher is and don’t necessarily care. As a result, they might not even know if they’re buying a book that was professionally edited versus one that was self-published...” –Steven Zacharius

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