Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Since we are a medieval blog, before I start rambling I will recommend one historical fiction I just read. The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell covers a time period in England's history that I really did not know much about and deftly gives the reader both sides of the conflict between the Anglo-Saxons and the Danish invaders. If you like to get your history lessons through great story-telling this is for you. And it is part of series!
On to my "writing zone":
I haven't dedicated the time I should to writing in the past few weeks. I am in the final stages of preparing a sweet historical romance for publication. (The heart graphic is from the cover! Guess what - it is not medieval.)
I love to write so I don't mind the work but I am most productive when I have big chunks of undisturbed time. These are hard to come by. Even an hour flies by so quickly when I get in the "writing zone" that it feels like I've barely started and its over already!
I am trying to not hurry through this stage of preparing the manuscript so I can put out a well-proofed, perfectly crafted story. But the book will never get done if I don't set aside some consecutive hours to do the work. I realize this is the challenge of all authors, especially the aspiring ones like me who still have day jobs. But I wonder if it is particularly challenging when writing historicals that require our writing zone to occupy another time period in addition to setting and character.
Anyway, today is a writing day. I am putting the manuscript through Autocrit so I can get it to a proofreader. It is time to wrap this one up so I can move to the next - the third in my Evolution series!
Authors and readers: do you have activities that you just won't start if you do not have a certain length of time to dig in? How do you get into your zone?