|The Pacific Ocean around midday|
It doesn't matter if we're full or part time writers, our hours to write always seem threatened by other things - family needs, for instance, ensuring everyone in the house as at least one set of clean clothes. Or perhaps it's a noisy neighbour chainsawing or otherwise making a racket when you most want to work. Appointments. A course you've enrolled in. The day job. Emergencies. There's always something, isn't there?
On the other hand, one of the great benefits of a writer is our ability to adapt (hopefully) and be flexible. We've learned (or are perfecting) the art of writing in between other activities. Even if we're in the lucky position to have a serene writing space and hours of uninterrupted exile in which to write, we still need to wrestle ourselves into productivity. Yes, habit is a great boon. If you sit down every day at a certain time and force yourself to write, eventually you'll find it far easier to produce those pages.
|Early morning light|
On the other hand, you might be up with the birds. Do you bound (or drag yourself) out of bed in the pre-dawn light? Is that early morning peace the only solitude you'll get during the day? Or, just as important, is that the time when your mind is at its most productive - buzzing with ideas after sleeping on some knotty plot problem?
|Mid morning - time for a cuppa or time to get started?|
|Early evening - just the time to focus?|
Or perhaps it's not early evening. Perhaps you're a true night owl and you get a rush of focused energy just as everyone else is heading for bed.
|Who wouldn't find a Parisian night inspiring?|
I'm trying to practice what I preach. I'm considering carefully when I'm most productive and trying to knuckle down then. I'm allocating those other times when I'm not really at the top of my game to emails and administration. So if you get an email from me that doesn't quite make sense you'll understand why!
website for the latest details. Her current release is DEFYING HER DESERT DUTY which coincidentally starts in the middle of a dark Parisian night. By the time dawn breaks over the city both hero and heroine know they're in big trouble - attracted in a case of forbidden passion. Also out now is the SULTRY NIGHTS anthology which includes Annie's THE SAVAKIS MISTRESS. Both are UK releases but there's free international postage from The Book Depository. Here are links for 'Defying her Desert Duty' and 'Sultry Nights'. If you're in Australia or New Zealand, watch out in November when 'Defying Her Desert Duty' goes on sale.