I am very pleased to welcome Karen White, author of The Girl on Legare Street to Peeking Between the Pages today. I’ve read a few of Karen’s books and am a loyal fan now. She has a wonderful writing style that I really enjoy. I just reviewed this book yesterday and you can peek at my review right here to see what this lovely novel is about. Let’s sit back and relax with our favorite drink of choice and see what Karen has to say about how she finds time to write and where she writes…
Two of the most frequently asked questions I get during my book club rounds are how do I find time to write and where do I write? Believe it or not, the answer to both questions is the same—whatever works!
I’m the mother of two active teenagers, have a husband who frequently travels for work, and am responsible for the care and feeding of a dog and guinea pig. It’s a wonder I can find time to write the grocery list, much less two 100,000+ word books each year.
We’ve all heard the old adage “necessity is the mother of invention.” I realized that if I wanted to carve out a career as a writer out of my already very busy life, I would have to figure out how to squeeze more time out of the day—sort of like the way the IRS squeezes money out of me that I didn’t think I had. I’m not a big believer in “I don’t have time.” We’re all given twenty-four hours each day to make of it as we wish. Well, minus the demands on my time of two children who shall go nameless…
In the beginning, when I was just starting out and didn’t have a contract, I wrote in my home office on my desktop computer while my children were napping. When they woke up signaled the end of my daily writing time. After I signed my first contract and had a deadline to meet, I’d wake up half an hour earlier and once a week paid somebody to pick them up from preschool to give me a couple of extra hours.
Then the kids grew a little older, got a little more active and I got my first laptop. I’d bring it to swim lessons, horseback riding lessons, football practice, piano lessons. I joke that I should credit my car for helping me write during those years.
Still I struggled with being forced to write during times that I didn’t always find productive. My best writing time has always been—and still is—first thing in the morning when no other thoughts besides my book have entered my head. By getting up two hours earlier than the rest of the bed-hogs in my house on Saturdays and Sundays, I can get more writing done during that time than I usually accomplish during the week.
But now that I have two big deadlines each year, I’m writing all the time. For instance, I’m in the car right now (don’t worry—my daughter’s driving
I no longer wait for the muse to hit me—I can’t afford it! I write every day whether or not I want to. Especially now with a book due in about a month. Writer’s block? Can’t afford that either. I just sit down and write. It’s always easier to fix a bad page than a blank one.
This end-of-book time is always the hardest. My favorite time is starting a book. I sit out on my huge screen porch that overlooks woods and horse pasture with a notepad and pencil—the only time I don’t use a computer—and just jot down what comes to my head. At least until the phone rings, or the dryer buzzes, or one of my children comes home from school and tells me they think they have strep. Nope—things haven’t changed all that much in the years since I first sat down and started to write my very first book. Except now I know that I can write at least a page while sitting in the pediatrician’s waiting room.
Karen, thank you so much for joining us today with this terrific guest post. I certainly look forward to reading your next novel! All the best to you!
I have two copies of The Girl on Legare Street by Karen White, courtesy of Joy (thank you Joy), to share with my lucky readers. To enter…
- For 1 entry leave me a comment with a way to contact you.
- For 2 entries follow my blog. If you already do, thank you and let me know please.
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This giveaway is open to US & Canadian residents only as the publisher will be sending the books out. I will be drawing for the winners on Sunday, December 27, 2009. Good luck to you all!