Lane Stone’s debut mystery, Current Affairs: A Tiara Investigations Mystery was published by Mainly Murder Press. She lives in Sugar Hill, GA and Alexandria, VA.
When not writing she’s enjoying characteristic baby boomer pursuits: hiking in various countries and playing golf.
Her volunteer work includes raising money for women political candidates.
She’s a proud member of both the Chessie and Atlanta chapters of Sisters in Crime.
Writers Write by Lane Stone
Why is it so hard to keep to a sensible writing schedule? A plumber, electrician, librarian, a fill in the blank with just about any other occupation, just gets up and goes to work. She doesn’t stop to unload the dishwasher and notices a light bulb is out. The answer to this, of course, is location, location, location. Take away message number one: Run away. Go to Starbucks, Paneras, the library. Get far enough away that you can’t hear laundry calling your name.
Sometimes, especially if we work a “day” job, we feel guilty about taking time away from the important people in our lives. Take away message number three: Include them. Make them part of the team. Discuss the best time to write. Everyone agreeing in advance that you’ll be writing Monday and Wednesday nights until 8:30 and all day Saturday, is just more fair than expecting the rest of the family to change plans at the last minute, and will help keep you strong when you come up against temptations to drop your writing during the agreed to times.
Sound like I have it all figured out? Well, far from it. The tip about setting up a writing time with your significant other is courtesy of Clay Snellgrove, (author of The Ball Player). We can all learn from each other. I love to hear about your writing routine. What tricks do you use to stick to it?
Lane, thanks so much for being my guest blogger today. My own "sensible writing schedule" has been revised so many times it's pitiful. Only during last year's NaNoWriMo did I stick to the plan, so I'm going to do it again this November.
A print copy of Current Affairs will be awarded to one lucky person who leaves a comment here before midnight Mountain Time Friday, October 19th. Be sure your contact e-mail address is available through your profile or in the body of the comment (appropriately disguised to fool the info-gathering wacko bots). I will select the winner using random.org and announce the name here on Saturday. Many thanks to Lane for offering this giveaway.
Lane Stone writes the Tiara Investigations Mystery series. Current Affairs was published November 2011 and Domestic Affairs will be out
April 2013. To learn more about Lane and her books, visit her website. She can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.