I've been so busy lately, that I allowed myself to do that. Then, last night, I was supposed to do this update, but I was exhausted. I fell asleep in my chair around 7:00 last night and when I woke up at 9:00, I realized I needed to just go to bed.
When you're trying to build a writing routine and you've got a life to work around, it can be very difficult. I have stopped beating myself up when I don't use the "found hour" to do writing.
Sometimes you need that hour to decompress from life.
That's where these Five Minute Free-Writes come in. I'm not expecting you to make a daily commitment that will make life harder and frustrate you to the point you give up.
I'm asking you to give yourself five minutes each week to focus on your craft. Five minutes during this super busy period to keep you going until you can get life to settle down. Five minutes away from the story that's making you slip into madness with its twists that don't work to focus on the craft you originally fell in love with.
Five minutes to focus on you the writer rather than the writing.
Access to the internet is almost everywhere in America these days. It’s been interesting watching the change over the 13 seasons of the show Supernatural. Sometimes they address the easy access to information; other times they use a convenient story mechanism to explain why they can’t access the internet.
Think about a problem you could give a character that is easily solved by Google. Now how do you make it more difficult? How can you make knowledge a weakness rather than the strength it normally is?