Friday, May 13, 2016

The Test of Time by Deborah Lytton: May Theme

I think every writer plays with time.  We set up deadlines with word counts and calendar due dates so that we can keep ourselves on a schedule.  My writing time is very limited.  As a mother of two with a day job as an attorney, I write at odd hours either late at night or early in the morning or sometimes even in school pick up lines.  The thing I find most interesting about finding time to write is that if I am truly connected with the story I am telling, then time ceases to be an issue.  I am so excited to get back to writing that I no longer have to carve out moments to work.  I have to carve out moments for everything else.  My best work comes from complete immersion in a manuscript.  And if I'm not finding time to write, then I know that the lack of time is just an excuse.  For the story I am forcing myself to work on isn't the one that is truly in my heart.  The best manuscript is the one that meets my test of time, for when I work on it, I no longer remember how long I have been writing or how many words are on the page.  I am inside the story and living and breathing the characters.  In those moments, I can do the impossible.  I can stop time. 



3 comments:

  1. This was so helpful. It can be so hard to analyze exactly why something doesn't work in a piece of writing and then distill it into precise words to instruct both others - and ourselves!

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  2. This was so helpful. It can be so hard to analyze exactly why something doesn't work in a piece of writing and then distill it into precise words to instruct both others - and ourselves!

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