Disruption is a good thing; repeat

April 19, 2010

Some writers have a specified ‘writing time’ every day where they can sit down in peace and quiet and write.

I’ve had to adapt this approach to fit my lifestyle. My method is more ‘writing on the run’. I have a laptop which I grab and use on the couch, on the kitchen counter, on my bed, on the upstairs hallway floor so I can keep an eye on the boys when they’re having a bath. I can write for five minutes, ten minutes, twelve minutes, or..gasp! forty-five minutes depending on the needs of my family and my own writing mind-zone.

(Case in point, as I was writing that last sentence I had to pause in the middle of it because my son, who is working on a craft, said: ‘I need some sticky tape’).

I have decided that disruption is good thing; it just proves how much super-focus power I have. Every time I return from a break, return from a break, return again from a break, I reaffirm my writing commitment, my desire to be there, my interest, the importance of what I’m doing for myself, because instead of saying ‘too heck with this, I’m going to go make myself a sandwich’, I’m saying ‘I’m going to write this novel even if I’m interrupted a million times!’.

So there.


  1. This is great! This was how I wrote my first book: on the train, between meetings, at the hockey rink, swimming pool, in the basement, kitchen, dining room. And with no where to go, in my car in the dark of night.

    • Glad I’m not the only one! I don’t know if it’s ideal, but it’s what works for me at the moment. It’s the only way to get the writing in! I’ve had to be flexible and I’ve developed this amazing capacity to write in the midst of chaos and lots and lots of noise…

      Thanks for dropping by to comment!
      Julie J.

  2. Hey Julie – you are an inspiration! I’m in the same boat of having a fulltime day job, plus two kids, plus the writing…but you seem to actually be seizing that precious ‘spare’ time and dedicating it to writing. That is completely awesome. Me? I like to *think* that’s what I’m doing but honestly there’s a whole lot of lame TV, knitting, navel-gazing, and just generally BEING. I’m going to aspire to move forth with a little more Julie-essness. 🙂

    • It’s Twitter and my Writing Blog that have lit the fire under my butt! Connecting with the writing community revved up my enthusiasm and told me it was possible to succeed. Writing the blog is another way to connect with other writers. It’s that kind of support that has buoyed me up!

      It also helped me set a writing goal and define the importance of completing that goal for myself. I always knew it was important, but saying it to the universe at large has solidified it and made it a priority.

      Thanks for the comment, Sarah! I really appreciate it! 🙂
      Julie J.

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