Time (t) is the enemy of all writers. It was certainly mine this weekend — I accomplished nothing. Granted, in my case, that was because I regularly placed other priorities ahead of my writing.
This is something that has frequently been a problem since I departed college — time, or lack thereof, has a serious negative impact on my writing. The two key points where I’m impacted are:
- Loss of narrative thread
The first of these is somewhat obvious. If you’re not consistently making the time to write, you’re simply not going to produce much. Sure, you can write in bursts — maybe a couple hours here and there each month — but because you’re not consistently spending time on your work on a regular basis, you will spend at least part of your time catching up on where you were/where you’ve been.
Secondly, you lose the narrative thread. Unless you write daily, and let the work guide itself, you will begin to lose the thread of the story. Sure, you can make the argument that when you’re not writing, you’re brainstorming, and that’s as it should be. The problem is, brainstorming should stay centered around what you’ve already written so that the story can continue to move forward and you don’t need to go back during your first draft and rewrite before you’re finished.
(And as an aside, if you’re in need of an awesome brainstorming technique, I recommend “mind mapping”, and using the Freemind application, which is free.)