Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Finding the Time

As writers, we all lament not having enough time to write. Often people ask when I find the time to write. I would guess most writers are holding down a full time job in addition to writing. That cuts into writing time, as does family, chores, etc. But you don't have to let that stop you. One of the best ways to get writing done is the good old spiral notebook. I wrote the first drafts of two novels in notebooks, mostly on breaks at work. The notebook holds the advantage of being portable, and you don't need a power source or have to wait for the thing to boot up. Say you get two breaks and an hour lunch at work. I would bet instead of catching up on office gossip at the lunch table, you could write three or four rough draft pages. You could also take the notebook to doctor's appointments (you didn't really want to read that copy of Newsweek from 1993, did you?), kids' sports practices, or when you get the oil changed in your vehicle. You get the point. Fifteen minutes here and there doesn't seem like much, but the pages add up. And you've got yourself a first draft when you're done. You can either type it up when the draft is done, or type in the handwritten stuff in the evening. Either way, you're making progress.

1 comment:

AAIzzo said...

Well Mr. Izzo I have watched your progression from afar. I have monitored your work periodically. I have been somewhat proud of your efforts. You see, my name is Anthony A. Izzo. I have been an Associate English Professor At WVU in 1979. I have since moved on to other endeavors. I am smiling as you instruct others in the art of writing. Kudo's to you. It is difficult for many to understand the struggle and angst of contending with their muse. It is art and must be exercised constantly for one to realize its potential. Please forgive me I will add my perspective on this subject. I will be somewhat egotistical and quote myself from my graduate school thesis.
"The wish for reason and the search for truth is a constant river that flows through the consciousness of man. Sometimes the flow is quiescent, lulling, and comforting. At other times, it becomes a flood of thundering, tumbling water, yellow and murky with doubt, or a crystal-tinkling torrent splashed with occasional sparkles of sunlight when we reach a milestone of insight. These insights are formed and postulated with an eye toward self-preservation and are valued accordingly. It is not to say that we should just survive to satisfy our desires but our aim should be to conquer our fear of failure. When we recognize that self-actualization is achieved, partially, by wisdom obtained through trial and error and, more importantly, by an authentic search for truth, we will begin to understand the complexities and vagaries of life. The pure pursuit of truth lie in its challenge to force man beyond his narrow view, to move him into unknown corridors of learning, and to make him feel with a rush of gladness this new and welcome comprehension of his own peculiar self. There is nothing more rewarding in this world to any man than a glimpse of the truth, no matter how fleeting of a reason for Being.” So you see the artist must pursue the truth at all cost. There is much I could say about this but brevity is necessary here. Keep up the good work. I must get your novels. Write me back if you find time.
Izzo's are a very talented tribe!
izzoa.medlink@earthlink.net

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