“When do you write?” I think all writers have been asked this question. I’m not quite sure why. Is the person asking looking for ideas as to when s/he can find time to write? Are they asking so they can mentally have an excuse as to why they don’t have time to write? Or, is it simply curiosity? Maybe the unstated part of the question is: “When do you, with all you have to do, find time to write?”
Last year I wrote a blog about finding time to write. Basically the answer to the question is: A writer is always writing.
Not physically, of course, but mentally. We “write” while walking, reading, doing housework, taking a shower, driving, at work…even while sleeping. More than once I’ve had a scene I didn’t know how to work out and have told my subconscious, before I go to sleep, to come up with an answer…and in the morning the answer is there.
There are times when I don’t realize I’m writing only to discover at a later time that something I saw/read/heard fits perfectly in a story. The information was there, simmering in the back of my mind, ready to come forth when I needed it.
Yesterday I posted that I’ve finished the rough draft of my third “Crow” book. It’s a “shitty” first draft, to be sure (Anne Lamott’s term), but at least I’ve gotten from point A to point Z. Today I’m cleaning house, shopping, and cooking so I can entertain some neighbors this evening. I’m not going to look at that manuscript, but I’m working on it. In my mind I’m listing places I know I need to revise and expand. I’m thinking of ways to explain the crime so it sounds reasonable. I’ve already remembered some things I’d forgotten to add, such as the fact that P.J. has a bruised cheek and no one mentions it.
Tomorrow I should have time to write and all the mental writing I’ve been doing today with take form as words and scenes.
So when do I write?
All the time.
Can’t you just imagine a story set in one of these two castles?