DC Juris, and for those of you who don't know me, I'm a transgender guy who writes GLBTQ and heterosexual romance. I currently have thirty-one published works with six different publishers.
One of the biggest challenges of any writer is finding time to actually write. Most of us have Evil Day Jobs and families. Some have kids – be they human or furry. The point is, no matter how much you yearn to lock yourself away in a closet with nothing but a pencil, pad of paper, and a lamp, it’s just not going to happen.
So, what to do? How do you make time for your lifelong dream while not letting your life slip by?
Simple – stock up on supplies.
Put a pen and a notepad by every single chair in the house. That little caddy in your couch? Throw the kids’ Wii remotes out and stock it with pens and paper. Put them everywhere – in the kitchen, by the phone, on the bedside stand and even ::gasp:: in the bathroom! After all, how many of us find the best ideas occur to us in there?
Don’t like to handwrite everything out? Invest in some technology. Get an iPad or a Netbook. These things are super small, lightweight, and can go anywhere. If those are out of your price range for now, get a voice recorder. The beauty of these is that, unlike pen and paper or something you have to type on, you can use them even if you’re driving. Just pull it out, leave yourself a message, and you’re good to go.
Speaking of messages, don’t forget about the easiest method of all – the answering machine. I can’t count the number of times I’ve called myself and left random writing-related messages. Or, if you’re out to dinner with friends, grab someone else’s phone and send yourself a text message.
Aqua Notes Waterproof Notepad. This has to be the absolute coolest thing on the planet. It’s a notepad that suction cups to the wall of your shower and allows you to write while you’re showering.
Whatever you do, just remember you don’t have to pick between “real life” and writing. With a little bit of creativity, you can mesh the two pretty well!
Bio & Links:
www.facebook.com/dcjuris, or www.dcjuris.com.