by Christine Clemetson
It takes perseverance to keep writing and submitting when time is limited. Here are ten quick ideas to get your words in:
- Use the Notes app on your phone to jot down character traits during the day.
- Write a story idea over morning coffee.
- Use a voice recorder app to get ideas down during a morning run or walking the dog.
- Listen to writing podcasts on your work commute to learn craft and stir up creative juices.
- Solve plot problems while waiting in line at the store, gas station, etc.
- At lunch time, bring a notebook or laptop to a bench outside or a local park.
- Think up scene ideas during the afternoon break.
- While dinner is in the oven, create a character’s goal/motivation/conflict.
- Write in the car while your kids are at soccer practice.
- Use the weekends or your days off to transcribe all those notes into your manuscript.
BONUS STEP: When you’re busy at work and tired, and can’t imagine writing when you get home, visualize your love for writing. Imagine your published book in your hands. Feel it with your fingers clutching the pages. Close your eyes and smell the paper. Put a stickie note up on your bathroom mirror with your favorite motivational quote! Use those images to keep your dream right in front of you. You got this!
About the author...
Christine Clemetson was born to write stories. She can’t even remember a time when she wasn’t listening to the whispers of characters telling her their stories. She just had to put them down on paper, otherwise, how would we find out how they lived –or how they died for that matter?
Besides Laura Ingalls Wilder, Nancy Drew was Christine's ultimate hero growing up in the small beach town of Point Pleasant, NJ. When Nancy, Bess, and George got together for the latest adventure, she stayed with them until it was solved—even if it took the whole morning on my beach towel.
Soon Christine realized her own stories couldn’t wait any longer. Through reading and writing, she found her niche writing scary stories–the ones that send you under the covers! If you’re a reader, writer, or love everything in between, please join Christine for some fun topics. And most of all, get inspired!
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Center Lane by Christine Clemetson