Inspiration to write is everywhere.
Time to do it in is next to nowhere to be found. As evidenced by the lateness of my posting today. *g* So many things demanding attention that time disappears at warp speed. At least for me.
At the beginning of the year I realized that I have been working so hard to be successful in publishing that I no longer have time to do the thing I love the most in publishing -- write. And I miss it. I have so many ideas, stories, characters and love affairs running around in my head I can't sleep at night. They all want out. They want to have life breathed into them and readers to know about their stories. And I realized I NEED to let them escape, if only so I can get some sleep! *g* So I have taken drastic measures.
I forced myself to agree to write a very short story for an anthology. A few thousand words. Not a big commitment on the face of it but it has been proving to be a challenge anyway. That drastic measure one.
Two has been to declare every Friday as an email free day for the rest of the year. I have challenged myself to not even OPEN my email accounts. Because if I do, the hours will disappear and I won't have moved an inch in my chair. The worse part is I'll have accomplished writing thousands of words and not one of them will be in a new story! And that is a daily event. Running a successful small press with 2 growing imprints, a busy and hectic family life and volunteer work for the a nearby hospice means dozens (sometimes hundreds) of emails a day.
I'll try and keep a running report of how well I do with my self imposed rules of conduct. Maybe even post an excerpt or two! Wish me luck. I'll need it.