You already know life is hectic, I mean, if you're anything like me, your eyes are already glazing over at the banal and clichéd phrase 'life is hectic' - the traces of a snarl flickering on your crumb-covered lips, your touchscreen-calloused forefinger twitching to scroll down, an itch at the back your throat where coffee-thickened gargled words are galloping towards the screen: 'JUST GET ON WITH IT, WILL YOU! GIVE ME THE INFORMATION SO I CAN GET THE HELL OUT OF HERE!!!' I'm with you, dear friend, I'm with you. Here are a few tricks I use for squeezing the most out of my writing day.
I'm a firm believer that authors place too much emphasis on their work area, because once you're flying, the restrictions of a cramped and inconvenient space soon drift away.
I hate sharing my ideas too early. Perhaps you're the same? But this can be useful.
And when the story has you in its grip, you'll have no problem with this:
A writer friend of mine says he writes on the toilet. Just remember to wash your hands. This is as far as I can take it:
What with living in London, I don't use a car to get to work. Yes, communting on the tube is horrible, but you should convert that downtime into something your Twitter followers might actually remember you for.
I'm not going to lie, things can get awkward. And I've had my fair share of weird looks from other people. (Note. You should probably be typing your words on some handheld device or other, because the time spent writing on paper is time lost later that day when you have to type it up. I just like the organic feel of pen and paper.)
This is me on my lunch break on a night shift. I prefer the background noise of the journey there; the silence and horror of this place at 3am can be a little off-putting, but you can get some good work done.
Obviously, everybody's got their own routine, their own way of getting the most out of those short twenty-four hours, but often we squander the time to do other activities that lead to nothing. Believe me, I'm the same. I salute those writers who are bringing up kids. I have no idea how you do it, and perhaps you could let us all know some of your secrets.