Tierney James, Author

Lipstick & Danger

Finding the Time

Posted on Apr 21, 2014 by   No Comments Yet | Posted in Uncategorized



          What have you learned this week about improving your writing, pushing your story forward or reaching out to the public? My week has been one of those cartoon weeks where the character’s head spins at all the various events happening in a short amount of time. I firmly believe that a writer should stay busy, active and inspired in order to write. Maybe your day starts by sitting by the fire to drink a second cup of coffee before hitting the shower. I made time to do this and I can’t tell you how much better I felt that day. Besides teaching two college classes, speaking to over 300 elementary students and those dreaded edits of Winds of Deception I managed to work in the garden and visit family for Easter.

           This week will be just as busy. I signed a contract with Black Opal Books last week so I’m expecting edits for that manuscript very soon. I have two school appearances, classes and several meetings before I get that contest manuscript ready for Thriller Nashville. So when do I have time to write? Some weeks are better than others, but I really try to do some writing everyday. That might be edits or work on something new. Sometimes I write for hours and other times it will be thirty minutes. But there is never a day that I don’t practice being a writer.  It is beneficial to me that I don’t need a certain time of day to write. I can do it all the time. That really helps when you get distracted by laundry or lillies bursting forth in the garden. 

           It probably sounds like I was too busy to write this week. But I actually made a lot of progress on several manuscripts and contests entries. I also worked ahead for my classes and planned out a writing class I hope to teach in the future. We are all busy. Don’t give up your creativity because of scheduling. You deserve to be a writer. 

          Don’t forget to roll over to these blogs in support of other writers.

http://kbnelson.wordpress.com  Karen Nelson is no stranger to writing,
working with kids and putting in her time at a homeschool co-op. Check out her
website to see what is going on in her life.
http://www.wrobbins34.blogspot.com Willy Robbins is a new children’s book author who is ready to
get started on her next adventure with a sweet character named Ernie. 
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books about her dog and living in an apple orchard. She also writes mysteries
for adults. Let her tell you about her new “watcher” series.

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  1. Comment by Beth
    April 21, 2014 8:59 pm

    Congrats on your contract! That's great news. You are a busy lady. Where did you speak to 300 kids? Branson?

    It is hard to find time to write, promote, edit, and still have a life but we must. It's what we're cut out to do. Have fun at Killer Nashville. I hear that's a great conference and one I'll attend once my romantic suspense is out, which will be a year or two, I imagine.

  2. Comment by Tierney James
    April 21, 2014 9:18 pm

    We need to meet to pick each other's brains on the life of a writer.

  3. Comment by Christine
    April 21, 2014 10:25 pm

    Congrats on the contract.

  4. Comment by Chuck Robertson
    April 23, 2014 9:58 pm

    It seems none of us have time. If you make a list of things you have accomplished, at least you can look back on it and see you were making progress.

  5. Comment by sdkeeling.com
    April 23, 2014 10:11 pm

    You have had a busy week. Congratulations on your contract!

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