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72 Hours A Year

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72 Hours To WriteI love my writing space.  It’s a desk and hutch where I’m surrounded by all my books and pictures.  I’d share a photo, but it’s also covered with 3 notebooks, my taxes and tons of loose papers I can’t get rid of (have I mentioned my slight hoarding tendencies?).

Sometimes I use my desk as an excuse not to write – because I’m not at it.  I had this great professor in college, Deborah Chester, who would tell us to get rid of our crutches.  My desk was my crutch.

Once I got rid of that crutch, I could write anywhere.  Gena Showalter and I plotted Dating the Undead while I sat in my car on top of a canyon (the only place I could get cell reception while chaperoning at a youth camp).  I wrote Lord of Rage in a cafeteria and edited Naked Thrill stuck in a tornado shelter.

Lack of time is the biggest crutch most of us use for not getting words on the page, yet we can write anywhere.  We’re not tied to a desk or our electronics – grab a notebook and write while you’re waiting for your kids to get out of school or practice.  Write on the train to and from work.  Write during lunch.

If you liked this post, you may enjoy Begin and You Can’t Write Yesterday.

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One thought on “72 Hours A Year

  1. I like that! It could be used as a prompt to challenge to write at other places. When my muse talks to me I have an iPod touch that I carry with me everywhere. I’ve written while working with clients. Thanks for the reminder.

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