Friday, September 30, 2011

Advice to Writers: Amy Wallace

Find Your Optimum Hours for Writing

My most important discovery has been that I have optimum hours for writing. These are between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. For a lifetime I’ve told myself that I was a nighttime writer—it seemed romantic. But actually I’m tired at night, and that’s when I prefer to read and research. Whatever your optimum hours are, don’t cheat yourself of them. This is a daily battle. If you spend them answering the phone, attending to correspondence, etc., you’ll find yourself empty-handed and out of sorts during your low tide.

I'm not going to lie, it is hard to find time to write your books. Now and days, publishers want their authors to get two to three books out a year, some authors are single with lots of free time on their hands, so they are able to get so many novels down. While there are some authors who have families and they need to take care of them so getting out two to three books a year can be excruciating. Some writers also go t o school, for them to find time between studying and writing it's hard to find time, but some time writing is better than nothing.  I hear the excuse "I want to be a writer. I've always wanted to write the story I just don't have the time" You HAVE to make the time to write your book. I set myself writing time after I finish my assignments for school. During the summer, I find myself writing at night because when I write during the day in the heat, I can't really focus on anything. 

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