Schedule, Schmedule… Making Time with @meganslayer #iamwriting #schedule

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I’m trying a few different things this year. I’ve taken some time off from blogging when things got crazy at home. You’d think snow days would mean lots gets accomplished. Not at my house. I end up losing time on writing. I gain it with the family, but my writing gets pushed to the background. Someone once told me I needed to have a set time every day to write. I needed to be disciplined.

I’m a known pantser. I have plans in my notebooks, but I let the characters run when they start talking. Same thing goes with my writing. If I’ve got a set deadline, then I bust my hump to get the story done. If I’ve got a little more time or a loose deadline, then I go when the characters talk. I’m good under pressure, but I hate having pressure all the time.

But having a set period of time during the day to write? Yeah, that doesn’t happen in my house. Not because my family are demanding. They aren’t. But I’m not just a writer. I’m a mom, too. I’m a pet mom. Today was a good example of why setting out specific time to write isn’t my thing.

When I opened the laptop and brought up the document to start adding to my latest story, one of the dogs got sick. Computer down, cleaned mess up. Sit down, start reading through what I’ve written to get caught up and another dog has to go outside. Computer down, dog outside. It’s cold (it was -20 with the windchill at times), so I have to keep an eye on the pup while he’s out. Bring him in, sit down and start working. Dog behind the couch…don’t know what she’s doing, but it can’t be good. Still not sure what she’d found, but again, had to put the laptop down. This was the time I had to myself and planned out for writing. So much for writing. I just can’t get into the headspace to write bondage when a dog is getting sick in the background.

So I’ll wait until later to write. I’ve got a couple hours after everyone goes to bed and maybe I’ll get a few words down then. Maybe not. But you can’t say I’m not trying. Grin. What about you? Does this happen to you? Ever get bogged down with other stuff and don’t get down to whatever it is you’re supposed to be doing? I’d love to know.

But yes, I am writing. Grin.

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The Yikes Factor with @MeganSlayer

NOTE: This post also appears on Paranormal Romantics. Click here for that blog.

I’m about to complain about something that to some would be a terribly small problem, but I’m still going to grouse a bit.

Time management.

Now you might say, how is time management hard? You’re a writer. You write. That’s all you do.

Well, no, it’s not ALL I do. I have a family and pets who think they’re both human and my children. They are, don’t get me wrong. But it’s difficult when one of the cats thinks he’s a person, another cat thinks he’s a dog and the third cat is a boneless slug. Oh and the dogs? One has serious separation anxiety (from me), one thinks she’s a person, too, and the third one still can’t control his long legs – he’s four and all goofy, clumsy leggy hound. They’re all clingy and in desperate need of attention when I’m neck-deep in something important. I’m a mom and a wife, too. So yes, it’s a little hectic around my house.

Now back to the issue at hand. Time management. I’m looking at my writing schedule – most all of it takes place at night after everyone has (mostly) settled down – and getting a little freaked out.

This is in one way a great problem to have. I’ve got work that wants to be done and stories dying to be told. I’m a panster for the most part and just write as the stories flow. Scheduling was never my thing, but I’m a sucker for a hard deadline. So you’d think I’d be happy. Stories coming left and right.

But that’s where the rub is. Being that pantster I mentioned, sometimes the story isn’t flowing. That’s why I tend to have three or four stories going at one time, but still. If the deadline is fast approaching and the story isn’t working… I tend to freak out. I like deadlines, but I NEED to have space. I can’t write until the zero hour and have the story work. It doesn’t.

So to help my issues out, I set up my calendar with reminders… is this story done? Have you started this one? Where are you on this one? I’ve got the reminders a few days out and a few weeks out from when things are due so hopefully I stay on track.

But it’s still the YIKES! Factor. Yikes, how did I get myself into this? Yikes, I’m letting the characters run away with me. Yikes, how am I going to get this all done and correctly? Yikes, I’m in over my head…

What about you? Do you ever have those moments? How do you cope? Let me know. We can commiserate and help each other out.

In the mean time, here’s a little bit about my latest release, You Complete Me

Battle Scarred 4: You Complete Me by Megan Slayer MS_YouCompleteMe_coverlg

M/F

Paranormal, Contemporary

Novella

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Art by Mina Carter

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Hagan Dean thought he was helping his friend. He was playing the role of savior…except he ended up left for dead in the sunshine. Vampires and sunshine don’t mix. Even worse? A Hunter—one of the sexiest women he’s laid eyes on—is ready to kill him. He’s got a lot to survive for and the odds are stacked against him, but he’s a fighter. Will the Hunter let him live another night? Or is this vampire destined to fry into a pile of soot?

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Will these two opposites come together to find common ground in order to help end the war? Or will the passion crackling between them tear their worlds apart?

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