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I woke up this morning just after 4:30 AM, still dark outside, and thought about the story I wanted to tell about my day. I imagined writing about my morning run, how I got up, dressed, stretched went outside and did 10 burpees, then went for a 3.54 mile run, went across the monkey bars down at the park, and did more 10 burpees when I got back.
Then I got up and did go for that run. I took a little time first to quickly process my email inbox, but then I got ready and stretched.
That early it’s dark, and darker today because of the clouds and the drizzling rain pattering down as I headed out and started my tracker. The only sounds in the neighborhood were roosters crowing (they don’t wait for sunrise), and dogs barking. I set off more dogs as I ran past their yards, but the worst they can do is charge the fence and raise a racket. It was much warmer today, and I was too warm. I took off my light-weight jacket and stuffed it in a pocket on the back of my shirt (made for bicycling, but handy). My calves and shins have been complaining, but I kept running, focused on my breathing. It wasn’t too bad, I still did the burpees when I got back.
Pain is weakness leaving the body. – General Lewis B Puller
Visualization is an important method for getting anything accomplished, whether it is athletic or a creative task like writing a novel. Visualize the story you want to tell about your day. It helps to not only figure out when you’ll write, how much you can expect to write, where you’ll paint your next picture, but to visualize yourself doing those activities.
Day jobs, in addition to providing paychecks, also provide opportunities sometimes to write if you’re willing to be flexible and mobile. At my job we take a 15 minute break in each 4 hour period, and a lunch break of at least 30 minutes during the middle of the day. My schedule isn’t always fixed, but I managed 346 words on my first break, and then I finished the rest of my count on my lunch break — which was a couple hours later than normal thanks to meetings that ran long. I didn’t get a chance for a second break, and worked about twenty minutes late.
I also spent some time on my lunch break reading A Forest of Stars by Kevin J. Anderson while I ate.
What Do I Use to Write?
I consider myself a mobile writer. I’ll write at home when I can, but I’ll write on breaks at work, or sitting in the car if I have to wait somewhere. A couple 15 minute breaks and an hour-long lunch means I that probably have anywhere from 1-1.5 hours a day when I’m taking a break. Writing, escaping into my stories, is an excellent way to take breaks. I’ve used a lot of methods, but currently I use an iPad, a text editor, and a bluetooth keyboard. When I get home I copy/paste from the text files into Scrivener.
I’m so close to finishing Past Dark, the fourth book in the Moreau Society series. Maybe tomorrow, maybe not, we’ll see. It’ll be an interesting day because I have essentially a 9 AM to 9 PM schedule at the day job, so I’ll write on my breaks and see what else I can do. The first draft will be finished soon, and then released later this year.
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