Friday, June 23, 2017

How do you transition in and out of your writing cave?


 
It's Friday again, friends! I'm just so glad we get one of these babies every week.

Today, while you're responding to this panel question, I'll be teaching a teen writing track at a conference in southern California and I can't help but feel like I'm taking you all with me. I learn so much from you guys and I hope you know how grateful I am for that.

We're continuing our summer panel series this morning and if you're just popping in, here's how it works. Jill, Steph and I are answering writing-related questions--just as if we're sitting on a panel at a writing conference--and we hope you'll take the time to answer the question as well.


How do you transition in and out of 

your writing cave?

 

Shannon Dittemore
Not well. This is a challenge for me. When I’m writing, I want to be writing and doing nothing else (except drinking coffee!). And when I’m with my family, I want to give them my undivided attention. The hardest part is not my physical presence, it’s my mental presence. Sometimes my brain is all story and I’m supposed to be at a football game for my son. Sometimes my brain is all football (a lot of the time, actually) and I’m supposed to be writing a book. Sticking to a schedule and protecting it fiercely is the best way for me to manage daily transitions.


Jill Williamson
It’s not easy for me, either. Though, once upon a time, I did write like Stephanie—when my kids were all napping at once. So, I think you learn to cope with the schedule life hands you. I’ve been working on establishing a writing routine, so that when I do have time to write, going through the motions will help me get into the groove faster. I wrote a Go Teen Writers post on this subject. Click here to read it.





Stephanie Morrill
For me, a lot of it is just habit. For years I’ve been in the habit of having designated writing time. Which means that when Eli goes down for a nap, or when grandparents come over to play with the kids, I automatically head to my office to write. And because I know that writing time is over when Eli wakes up or grandparents needs to leave, I’m able to focus really well. I think that’s a perk of having very limited time in which do your work.




How about you guys? 
How do you transition in and out of YOUR writing cave?

12 comments:

  1. When I write, I want to write with no distractions, quietness, and my brain fully capable to think straight. (I know, I have lots of demands. Lol)
    Usually, I stop when I feel like if I write, then it won't be very good. I usually like to write everything prefect on my first try, but I know that isn't possible *sigh* I work along with what the day brings. I usually write when I'm alone, but if I'm with family and they are all chatting together, then I put some words in. If that answers the question...
    Plus, I write when and idea pops in my head. So, I'm all over the place. I guess I can transition well. In and out of my cave. Though, I haven't had much inspiration lately...*sob*
    Thanks for the post!

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    1. Oh, and have a good time in California! I wish you luck. : )

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  2. My mind is always writing. It doesn't matter what I'm doing, there's always a story going on in my head. So I guess I'm not very good at separating it, haha.
    God bless y'all.
    <3

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    1. Same. Lol
      God bless you, too, Ivie. <3

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  3. I'm kinda all over the place too. I always have a story going on in my head. I actually write when I'm in a "writing" mood, which I'm currently in. :)

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    1. Oh, I get those moods, too. The nonwriting moods get annoying, though. :)

      iviewrites.blogspot.com

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  4. first i write, then i get mad at my story and don't write.

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    1. Also, i would comment to many more of these posts, but my computer does not let me post on Blogger-related sites 90% of the time. :(

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    2. I have to say every time I see your name, I think
      dun nun na na na na na na batman!
      Sorry, that was random. Too bad about your computer, though. I get the writing moods, too. It can be annoying. Just remember you are your worst critic and it is actually better than you think. :)

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    3. I got the Batman reference, and it was a pun of Batman. :)

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    4. That's good. I figured I was just looking ridiculous. Puns are awesome. :)

      iviewrites.blogspot.com

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  5. Hi ladies! I was wondering if it's okay to submit questions for these summer panels? Thanks for your time and effort!

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