I’ve heard the advice a thousand times, if you wish to finish a story or a book you should write a little every day. Just write.
I am not a professional writer so I have no deadlines. I can write what I want when I want to. However I cannot write when I don’t want to.
I thought when my youngest daughter headed to secondary school, leaving me free until 4.30 pm, I’d have plenty time. We are now four weeks in and I’ve never had so little time.
I’ve begun two stories, one of which I really like, but I’ve stalled on them because of my lack of time. So what to do?
Heed the advice and write little and often, or wait and when the time is right get writing?
The other day I decided I’d try the little and often method. I sat down and re read my story, cutting a little here and there before continuing where I left off. Time flew by and before I knew it I had to stop. As I drove off to do what I had to do I felt so frustrated. My character was running about in my head and the story continued to flow, but I had no way of writing it.
Since then I’ve thought about my character often. I haven’t the heart to go back and have to leave again. Instead my story just sits there, gathering cobwebs until my life gets less hectic. Whenever that may be.
I live in hope it will be in the next week or so, but who knows as I’ve not even had time to blog as I’d like. My characters will, for now, have to continue to live in my head and enjoy being allowed to do just as they please, unchecked.
Until I find the time, heedless of advice, to write as I please when I please.