25-Hour Days: Making Your Writing a Priority

This is probably the most life-appropriate title I’ve used yet.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been juggling a highly demanding job with an unnecessarily-complicated move.  It’s been exhausting: days full of summer activities and evenings full of packing and planning.  I love the job, I’m super excited about the move, but it’s incredibly consuming and you only have so many hours in the day.  I mean, there’s a reason this post is a day late: when I had the time to write I did not have the energy and when I had the energy I did not have the time.

And that’s just the blog, and my poem-a-day.  Editing the novel? Forget it.  Every time I open up Clara Delaney it’s felt like someone dropped a sack of potatoes on my shoulders.

Here’s the problem: I love being busy, and this isn’t the first time my life has been crazy chaotic. It’s definitely not going to be the last.  My writing can’t go by the wayside every time something turns it upside-down.

What steps can I take to squeeze more time out of the day? How do I find time for what I love?

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Livetweet Books: Artemis Fowl #4

Warning: All LTBooks articles contain spoilers.

Every Saturday at noon CST I livetweet a book as I read through it for an hour or two.  It’s immensely enjoyable.

If you’re interested in following as I livetweet, my Twitter handle is @AlexPenname, and I have a little widget that posts my last few Tweets on the sidebar of my blog.  You can also follow the tag #livetweetbooks and the name of whatever I’m reading that week.

This is long overdue. I’ve actually finished the next book in the series, but I’ll post a different review for that one.   Dune is on permanent hiatus until I finish this freaking series.

This is my least-favorite book in the series so far, even though a lot of stuff that I absolutely loved happened in this one.  That doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it immensely: it just took a little time to adjust to the crazy-dark tone.

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Unconventional Shakespeare

Writers have absolutely no control over how people read their works.

This is the hardest part of writing, for me.  You can write whatever you want, sneak in whatever meanings strike your fancy, but it’s inevitable: someone’s going to read your work and totally misinterpret it. And you know what? That can actually be pretty fun.  Half the work is in the reader anyway, and sometimes you can come up with an entirely different character… Or an entirely different story.

Related: I’ve been a Shakespeare fan since middle school, when I was first old enough to parse through the words.

So in this blog post, I’m going to do a little misinterpretation.

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The Writing of Ends

Literature is a caricature of life.

Everything gets a dose of exaggeration: love, tragedy, humor. I mean, I’m willing to bet that most of the people reading this blog have never taken a dagger to the heart over love, and come up with most of their wittiest retorts in the shower. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not calling you boring, but for every kiss in the rain or life-defining street fight there are hours of sleep. Cooking. Watching television.

If art was ever a mirror to life, it’s a funhouse mirror, enlarging some bits and shrinking others.  Which makes sense, right? I don’t need to read a book that describes a good night’s sleep; I want to hear about whatever led the sleeper to that exhaustion.  Writers take the themes of life and put them under a magnifying glass, expanding on emotion and connection and letting us make what we will of their findings.  It’s beautiful. As a new writer, it’s insanely difficult.  And as a longtime reader, it’s insanely important.

Anyway, today I’m going to talk about the single universal theme of life.  Death.  It’s been kind of around me lately, so of course I’ve been thinking about it from an author’s standpoint.

This blog post might be a little morbid.

 

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Livetweet Books: Artemis Fowl #3

Warning: All LTBooks articles contain spoilers.

Every Saturday at noon CST I livetweet a book as I read through it for an hour or two.  It’s immensely enjoyable.

If you’re interested in following as I livetweet, my Twitter handle is @AlexPenname, and I have a little widget that posts my last few Tweets on the sidebar of my blog.  You can also follow the tag #livetweetbooks and the name of whatever I’m reading that week.

This is long overdue. I’ve actually finished the next book in the series, but I’ll post a different review for that one.   Dune is on permanent hiatus until I finish this freaking series.

This is my favorite book in the series thus far, and I’ve finished the fourth book as of writing this review.  I loved it.  Colfer is a goddamn genius.

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