Got Free Time?

You’ve got time on your hands.

The fact that many of us are not participating in many social events these days frees up several hours a week or more for our writing, doesn’t it?

So, why when I talk to other authors, do I hear that it isn’t the case? That their time is being used up with anything but?

I am told that naps, computer games, and watching television are filling up all available “free time.”

So, that means productivity is down across the board. 

Have we lost our drive… our desire to write?

Can I suggest that we review our goals … renew our purpose for writing in the first place?

It you write to encourage others, there has never been a time when your words of encouragement were needed more.

If you write to cheer people up … to give them reason to laugh… now’s the time they need your funny, uplifting stories the most.

If you write so you can transport your readers back to another time in history or forward to future times, this is your golden opportunity.

If you write so that your readers can escape the mundane or the fear of life in the present, they may be waiting for a book that only you will write.

So you know what that means, write?

Time and Time Again

Last week, I had a series of negative things happen in the space of three hours: a package I was expecting was sent to someone else’s house, my massage appointment was cancelled, I forgot my grocery store coupons and had to drive all the way back home, and my husband returned from the landscape nursery with the wrong item.

All of those things reminded me of Lemony Snicket’s The Series of Unfortunate Events and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst—two books I have enjoyed over and over again with each reading.

Remembering to make lemonade out of lemons, I began writing chapter one of a new book with a main character who is faced with a series of problems, too. Within minutes, my anger turned to laughter. 

I hit SAVE AS and then gave my new book a name. 

People love humor. And if we are able to laugh at ourselves, our own real life circumstances can become the substance of books that readers can enjoy time and time again.