Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Writer Love

There I was, catching up on all my favorite blogs, balancing the check book and thinking about just how I want to go about tackling Losing Hope when I saw it.

A post on Facebook from a good writer friend who said he was jealous of all of us who get to stay home and write full time. 

What followed that post was a detailed description of other writer friend's daily schedules.  I read them in awe.  These are all talented writers who work forty to sixty hours a week at something besides writing.  Afterwards, they come home, take care of their families and THEN sit down and write amazing novels.  It's awe-inspiring.  And a little embarassing, since I've spent a large portion of the last twelve weeks whining to my husband about how I don't have enough time to write with the kids home for the summer. 

It's kind of like the pep talks I give to Child #1 when she asks for something in a way that strikes me as self-centered or overly-privileged.  "Look around you and take note of all the wonderful things in your life.  Don't think so much about yourself.  Think about other people and what you can do to make the world around you a better place.  Be kind, be empathatic and for heaven's sake stop complaining and be grateful you have food on the table and place to rest your head at night missy because there are plenty of children..." Okay you get the picture!

It's good advice.  I'm going to take it for myself.  As for making the world a better place, I'm a firm believer in stories.  I think I'll start by reading more books written by my writer friends and spend less time complaining about how I don't have enough time to write.

The first writer friend book coming my way is Dean Lappi's, Black Numbers.  Seriously, I can't wait to read it and one of the Sista' Wives has already laid claim to it as soon as I'm done.  You've got a book you want me to read?  Leave the title here, keeping in mind that I'm print biased but otherwise a reading omnivore.  Can't wait to do my little part to make the world a better place by supporting the creation of stories.


Hermana Tiffany Garner said...

I'm amazed by those people as well. I'm not agented yet, but I still make time every day (despite 18 credits in college and working 2 jobs) to do something related to my novel. That's the only way I'll get better, and the only way to achieve my dreams. Best of luck to you!

Book you should definitely read: ANGELFIRE by Courtney Allison Moulton. One of the best books I've read in a long, long time!

Scott Roche said...

Thanks for asking. I have a YA science fiction novel.

Ginnie Dare is the communications officer for her family’s space faring shipping company. They arrive at Eshu for a routine supply drop and discover that the entire settlement’s population has vanished. Their search of the site reveals nothing out of place, except the people, but ends in a tense confrontation with the natives. During the conflict, Ginnie discovers an alien artifact that may be the key to diffusing the conflict. Can she decode the artifact before it’s taken by the Sector Defense Force? Will it help them to discover the missing colony’s fate? Or, will the whole thing spark an interstellar war?

Gary Hoover said...

Now see what you've done here? You've made the argument that reading a book - which I always feel guilty for doing because I feel like I should be doing something more productive - can actually be a good thing.

Brilliant! ;)

Unknown said...

As one who is now removed from the hectic schedule that prohibited anything creative on my part (I was disabled by Fibromyalgia in 2001)I remember thinking exactly what you are writing now.It was always a matter of juggling. Time management is very important and sometimes there just never seemed to be enough time in any one day. Making time for your creative endeavors was always a luxury. My busy schedule as a teacher of Art, a wife, mother, and jack of all trades left little time for me . . . if I would have known then what I know now. . .I would have been just a wee bit selfish. I always put everything above my Art . . . until after I crashed . . . then my Art saved me bringing me out of the clouds and fog that tried to steal it in one final swoop. Very insightful post,Johanna. . . Thanks for the walk down memory lane.

Anonymous said...

Here's another author with a job and a bunch of volunteering work on the side, next to writing.

If you are interested in my steampunk heroine Lily Marin, you can download a copy at (and it's cheap: it's free. ;-)

Sharazade said...

I've worked full-time at a number of different jobs, but I certainly work MORE hours as a full-time writer. Easily. On the plus side, I can arrange those hours, so that I can take off an hour or two in the middle of the day to run errands, and then make it up in the evening. But yes, I work evenings and weekends too. There aren't any snow days or Federal holidays.

My fiction book can be found at Amazon by searching for my name (Sharazade), but I'm not linking here because it's erotica, and therefore possibly not to everyone's taste. ;)

To Gary, above--never ever feel guilty about reading a book! Of course it's productive! Not only for the author you're supporting, but for you! Isn't pleasure "productive"? Isn't that what life is all about? ;)

Dean Lappi said...

What a lovely post Johanna! I think it definitely applies to us all in that we all have busy lives, and making time for writing can be a challenge. And thank you for picking up my book Black Numbers. That is very kind of you. I can't wait to read your book "Losing Beauty". And what a wonderful cover! :) Kind regards. Dean

Johanna Garth said...

Tiffany, just hang in there it will happen! And thanks for the recommendation.

Scott and Paulkater, thanks for the recommendations. I'll put them on my list and take a looksee soon.

Clu, I always love your insightful comments.

Sharazade, I agree reading is absolutely productive (both learning and pleasure wise). Thanks for your recommendation too!

T. L. Cooper said...

You know you are right. I often forget that I'm lucky to get to write full time. Usually when I've taken on every request that has come my way and inevitably begun to eat into my writing time. I often think that's what gets us full time writers in trouble. We take on too much thinking since we have a flexible schedule, we can make it work... Or at least I have a tendency to do that.

And, since you asked... My novel is All She Ever Wanted. Enjoy!

Thomas A. Knight said...

Another brilliant post from you, Johanna. :) I'm glad to have inspired both the conversation that occured, and this post.

At the time I wasn't really lamenting not having time to write. If things go down as planned, I will have written and published my first book in less than a year. Which I think is quite an accomplishment.

My original comment was more because my day job was getting to me. :)

M Pax said...

Those folks are inspiring. I'm not sure how they do it either ... and be online, too.

pattysarro said...

Great post Johanna! I couldn't agree more- Reading and Writing definitely my top two and they toggle 1st to 2nd between the both of them. Need to follow your example!

Jenny Milchman said...

Hey, I give the same advice to daughter #1! (Why am I not surprised? :) GoOD ADVICE, AND GREAT perspective, Johanna. (Now if only I could get daughter #1 to be so appreciative :)

Ella said...

Great post; I do think some of us don't need as much sleep and this allows more time! Thanks I needed this ;D

Laura said...

Nice post and good point :) must work on minimising the complaints at this end too :)

Have you read Watching Willow Watts by Talli Roland... Kindle on September 14th (though is up there now) and paper launch in November

Nicki Elson said...

That's a very nice resolution! I'm the kind of person who always wants to do that which I shouldn't, so if I SUPPOSED to be writing...not so sure it would happen.