Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Interruptions

The ideal for a writer is a big block of uninterrupted time to write every day -- except when you've gone dry and have nothing you want to write about. But the time and the ideas never seem to coincide. Either you have too much of one and not enough of the other, or vice-versa.

Right now I just want to work on my as-yet-untitled dwarf novella, which is nearing the end of the first draft. But today the copyedited ms. for my December novel from Tor, Steal Across the Sky, arrived and needs attention. I have an article due next week for an academic book on writing. And student rewrites of their stories for this term are coming in.

Just wait -- as soon as I finish all this and the novella, I will have empty chunks of time and no ideas whatsoever. That's actually much worse. But that's the way it goes.

4 comments:

kendall said...

I hope the distraction of copyediting is worth it. As I recall, I heard about Steal Across the Sky a while back at a Tor presentation at a convention, and I'm looking forward to it. ;-)

Nick said...

There is a parallel problem with readers (which includes myself). We all have too many artifical 'high interrupt' demands in day to day activity. How many people, who put reading in the top tier of their prefered activities, could claim to a recent uninterrupted segment, say half-a-day, to do nothing but focus on reading? Very few, I suspect. Maybe there should be a constitutional ammendment to disable the national power grid 1 day a month?

I am also really looking forward to _Steal Across the Sky_. It's coming out the same month Niven and Pournelle are scheduled to publish the sequel to _Inferno_....

...can we get that 'monthly readers day' ammendment passed by then?

Nancy Kress said...

I'm in favor of a National Reading Day! Nobody goes to work, and the media grid goes dark.

gdtownshende said...

I'd rather have a National Reading Week, but that's probably more a testament to my laziness. Or would it be a testament to my love of reading? Both? Hmm.

(...)

I know!

It's a testament to the fact that I'm lazy and love to spend a good portion of my free time reading.