I guess I owe you one

Crazy times here at Jewel central. I’m sure you’ll all be happy to know I am hard at work on The Next Historical which is taking the bulk of my time, blogging may be sparse until after the book is turned in, in case you haven’t noticed that already.

Somewhere on the web recently, and I just don’t remember where, someone opined that writers who eventually get published have given up other things in order to pursue their craft and mentioned things like getting up early or staying up late. While these things are undoubtedly true, if you want to write there’s no getting around making time for it, for some reason my reaction to that was mostly this: For gosh sake do not think you can take the time out of your sleeping hours.

So that’s my public service announcement to everyone looking to carve out more time for a creative endeavor.

Yes, something’s got to give, but it shouldn’t be sleep. The creative brain needs sleep and a sleep-deprived brain will make you pay for thinking you can short-change your sleep. My recommendation is to take the time out of TV watching. If this applies to you, what did you give up? Or what would you give up?

There. Go forth and . . . er . . . sleep.


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2 Responses to “I guess I owe you one”

  1. Mine’s been tv, definitely. I actively watch one or two shows per season, as opposed to the half a dozen I used to. There’s a couple more that I sort of watch–as in, my husband watches them and I sort of pay attention but I also have my laptop open.

    Oh. And the day job. I gave that up.


    (More like I moved to follow my husband and the job market around here is the pits.)

  2. Cybercliper says:

    I’m not a writer but a reader and to ensure I get my time I gave up TV. I think if a lot of people kept track of it, they’d be surprised at how much of their time the TV sucks up. I imagine gaming and on line social networking destroys a huge chunk of people’s time also.