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#IWSG Best Times for Writing

This post is for Alex Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writers Support Group (click the link for details on what that means and how to join. You will also find a list of bloggers signed up to the challenge that are worth checking out. The first Wednesday of every month, we all post our thoughts, fears or words of encouragement for fellow writers.

This month’s question — Are there months or times of the year that you are more productive with your writing than other months, and why?

Not months but ‘times of the year’–during COVID! I have been much more productive. For the first time, I am tackling two books at once–the last two in a prehistoric fiction trilogy I started a while ago–and I am flummoxed by how well it is going. It gives me the courage to write all three books in the next trilogy at once. I am a stay-at-home sort anyway, happiest at my computer with the phone under a pillow, but now, thanks to the pesky virus, no one expects anything else out of me. Potential distractions have gone away.

How about you? Are you writing better during COVID?

#iwsg #amwriting


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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Man vs. Nature saga, and the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice,  a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Laws of Nature, Fall 2021. You can find her tech ed books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning

82 thoughts on “#IWSG Best Times for Writing

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  3. Strangely, the lockdown has not been productive writing-wise. Not sure why, but a theory I have is that we are anyway spending so much time in front of the screen, that doing some more voluntarily, like for writing, has taken a hit.

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  4. I’m not surprised that you (and other writers) have been more productive during Covid. I was, too, because we decided to stay put in the same place for six months. That always helps, especially when there is unlimited electricity and WiFi. 🙂 Like you, I achieve the most and feel inspired when I’m alone. Unfortunately, I rarely am… That’s why me time is so important to me and I’m always happy when Mark leaves for a bit. 🙂

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  5. It is freeing to not have so many responsibilities or expectations. I don’t mind staying at home in my comfy COVID clothes and no makeup. If only my hubby didn’t expect meals at a certain time and clean underwear!

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  6. I wrote two books in one year once and quite enjoyed the jumping around when the well was dry in one, I’d move to the other. But my writing schedule has changed in the last few years. I used to be diligent about writing first thing in the morning. But as life changes we have to adjust our sails. 🙂

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  7. If there’s one thing I’ve learned about myself during these COVID-ful times, it’s that I’m not as much of an introvert as I thought I was. I do need alone time for writing, of course, but clearly I need some people time too. More people time than I’m currently getting, at least.

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  8. This sounds wonderful, Jacqui. My writing is much the same now as it always has been. My job has been busier than ever this year due to C-19 so finishing A Ghost and HIs Gold was a bit harder and took a little longer than I had hoped, but it’s done now. I have started writing After the Bombs Fell and I have three short stories to write for another anthology too.

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  9. I can’t believe that you are writing two books at once and are contemplating writing 3 at once! You must be very organized.

    Although it would be hard to describe myself as the stay at home type since my home (the van) doesn’t really have a home – but I really could just stay in one spot for days. Still I get restless and can’t focus on one thing too long. Wish I had the concentration to write books!

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    • It’s like writing a long story. Tom Clancy does that all the time. I just didn’t think I could. Thankfully, it’s working nicely!

      And as for restless–I love that curious mind. I bet you and I would get along famously!


  10. Definitely able to focus on my long manuscript much better. But I still don’t feel I’m accomplishing as much as I want. Trying to push myself a little further and am working on the first draft of a new book in the afternoons, but it’s a challenge. Energy is always lower by 2-3 p.m.

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  11. It’s great that you’ve been so productive. Such a healthy way to deal with this chaos. Honestly, Covid has been the least of my problems these last few months. But I’ve hit some kind of spiritual corner and I’m feeling optimistic about getting back into a groove.

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  12. I never noticed how much I like being around people until Covid. I definitely feel I did less of everything (including writing) at the start of the pandemic compared to now.

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  13. COVID made it harder for me to write, although it’s hard to say why. I ended up with more time in the summer because of a lack of tutoring sessions, but the lack of structure in my life really kept me from being as productive as I should have been. I’m glad you’ve felt productive enough to work on multiple books at once. Good luck and happy holidays.

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  14. You’re one of the most focused writers I know, Jacqui, so I’m not surprised that youve made good use of your time. 🙂 I’m looking forward to the results! I’ve found writing harder over all, and I really needed to knuckle under to finish my trilogy. It was exhausting. But winter…. ah winter – that’s my favorite time to write. I hope to have a first draft down by the end of March.

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    • That’s interesting, about winter being your favorite time to write. Back when I was first job hunting, employers didn’t want California applicants because it was too sunny and distracting. I suppose that still applies for writing.


  15. Hi Jacqui – always productively writing away … I’m surprised you ever sleep!! I have been procrastinating, or just not bothering to get on with things – when one knows there’s still a few months ahead … but definitely need to knuckle under … I think the trouble is my brain jumps around too much – too many subjects, too much interest … and not enough – because I don’t make the most of it. Boo hoo … still I’m happy – excellent succinct post – looking forward to reading more of your posts and books in 2020/1 0 all the best – Hilary

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  16. Hi,
    Happy to hear that your productivity has increased.
    I’m a stay at home person also and this Covid time has made me branch out even more on things that I would like to do with my stories.
    Wishing you all the best.
    Merry Christmas and a safe passage into 2021,

    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

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  17. I work from home, anyway, so I can’t say my routine has really changed. I miss being able to pick up and go whenever I want, though. I think it’s impacting my mental health, which is probably impacting my writing. Just not in a way I’ve been able to measure yet.

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    • I love working from home. I don’t need all the lunches and water cooler chats. I really just like working. But–I know what you mean about feeling locked in. At our core, we love our freedoms and this COVID definitely impinges on them.

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      • Actually, my job started as a remote position. What’s interesting is that several cooworkers who were working on campus and are now remote becsuse of Covid said just this morning they’d like to stay remote. All of our students are online, so it really doesn’t matter where we work from.


  18. I try to keep a stable writing schedule (or at least sit at the keyboard every day), so I have to say that the pandemic hasn’t really affected my writing, but I have been more productive in other areas of my life during the lockdowns!

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    • I’m heartened by how many people say just what you do, Stuart–that their writing survives fine despite covid. I was a bit depressed and lazy at first but the writing actually re-energized me.

      And, glad to hear you used the down time for productive endeavors!


  19. I loved that aspect of Covid, too, Jacqui, that no one expected me to go out or be anywhere. However, that’s the only thing I liked about it. I’m pleased you’ve used the time productively.

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