Write Seasons

Is there a particular time of year when my writing is more productive?

That is going to be hard for me to answer, since my life has recently changed a great deal.

Per my post of two weeks ago, I am recovering from surgery and until very recently, have been unable to do any real writing.

Here comes the holiday season and all the preparations have always cut into my time, but I can’t say that Winter in general has been unproductive for me.

Most of my writing, (actually putting words down, not just in my head), had been done in the evenings, or even at night. All the phone calls, errands and all that other people needed were taken care of, The Husband would go off to his second-shift job and I could settle down after a while for evenings of hands to the key board. (This was after the grandchildren were either not around as much or more recently, grown up enough when they are here to let me have some time).

I wrote the poems and a couple of articles that were published in those evenings. I got in posts. I wrote a play, which I turned into a full story. I have made great starts. I did  submissions, of which I need to do more.

(I know that many big-name writers can paper rooms with their rejection letters; I need to quit stopping after my first-choice of publishers decide not to use my works.  I intend to do more submitting.)

In between Second-shift hours, (after I was no longer working), The Husband was on Third-shift for a couple of years. Whoever was here would either be asleep or otherwise occupied, and I would write away. I made great inwards to a book that will never be published. It took new turn and instead became my other blog: Tonette Joyce: Food, Friends, Family.

It seems that the earlier it got dark, though, the more I sat at the computer to work, even though I was not usually outdoors in the evening. Maybe it’s harder to do housework in the dark.

It is certainly harder to dust! So I suppose that I might say that Summer has been less productive, but not as busy-with-other-things as time around the Winter Holidays. I cook; boy, do I cook.

Again, to risk repeating myself from my past posts, The Husband is newly retired and still feeling his way around while I recover. He is now used to, (also the previously mentioned), watching movies and shows with me, so there go my evening hours, at least for now. And we hash over the news a  great deal. (I need to keep  him occupied!)

I can’t really complain; it’s nice to have him around.

But when will I find time to write? Well, since I am getting better, I am back to needing  less sleep, which had become normal for me. (For some time, as  The Husband worked nights, I worked early hours for cooking and bakeries … and we had teenagers, (need I say more?) Then other family problems  kept me on my toes at a moment’s notice for years.) It has been hard to get The Husband to get used to regular hours, so he stays up late. I usually stay up much of the time with him, but I get up much earlier than he does, and that is how I am getting this post done now; in the morning.

So, will seasons make a difference in my writing production now?
That remains to be seen.


About Tonette Joyce

Tonette was a once-fledgling lyricists-bookkeeper, turned cook/baker/restaurateur and is now exploring different writing venues,(with a stage play recently completed). She has had poetry and nonfiction articles published in the last few years. Tonette has been married to her only serious boyfriend for more than thirty years and she is, as one person described her, family-oriented almost to a fault. Never mind how others have described her, she is,(shall we say), a sometime traditionalist of eclectic tastes.She has another blog : "Tonette Joyce:Food,Friends,Family" here at WordPress.She and guests share tips and recipes for easy entertaining and helps people to be ready for almost anything.
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5 Responses to Write Seasons

  1. Patricia Kiyono says:

    It’s always difficult to find your way through a “new normal” but I’m sure you’ll settle in soon. Hope that includes time to write.


  2. Jeff Salter says:

    I hear you about rejection letters — they can be so dis-spiriting… even to the post of paralysis at times. I wasted (I say “wasted” even though I did learn a lot from it) a couple of years on fiction contest entries. [I’d naively thought that my previous awards — including many cash prizes — in poetry might somehow, magically, carry over into fiction. Ha.]
    What I learned in those contests is a topic for another blog — and, in fact, I think we already had that topic — but for now, suffice it to say that none of those contests moved me further along. But all of them burned up time, energy, money, hopes… and (ultimately) resulted in disappointment.
    Let’s see… how did I get off on this tangent? Oh, yeah. I was going to tell you not to let rejection letters set you back too much. Lick your wounds, hitch up your britches, and “once again unto the breech”.

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    • Actually, the rejection letters have only disappointed me because I usually aim for the top of whatever type of publication suits my work.I have hit the mark a few times on the first try and been very pleased, but then I have had rejections come. I would not send out something that I was not happy with; I just need to take the time to look to other possible ‘homes’ for them.

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  3. Regarding a certain time when it’s harder to write, no. I just write, summer, fall, winter, spring, I write. I treat my writing as a regular job and therefore have my time set aside, even though it is in my home. Each day, I “go to work” in my own special space (I’m fortunate to have my own office in the house). Tweets, and responses to Twitter and Facebook (a lot of which is marketing. Part of my job as an Indie Author) are breaks in my writing. Since I drink coffee (decaf) all day, my “coffee breaks” are when I have fun with my friends and followers online in between writing.

    In the evenings, Arnie and I spend one to three hours watching something together on TV, usually on DVD, an old series episode or movie. We have our main conversations then, although he often sticks his head in my office to tell me about something for a few minutes during “working hours.” It’s just like when I was outside in the 9 to 5 world. LOL We also have time to talk and laugh while I’m doing the household chores, for which I take an extended lunch time. Arnie is retired too, and he helps with the household chores. He shows respect for me as a writer. Yes, I’m blessed.

    Christmas does take more time away from my “work” with the extra shopping, decorating, and preparing, I will admit. But all in all, I try to stick to my “working hours” each day.

    And this note on contests. I generally don’t enter them. I’m too busy writing my novels. Although I have entered a few that were of special significance to me. One having been offered by one of my writing course teachers. That short story wound up in the Dark Visions horror anthology, although it was only a spooky story. LOL

    Jeff’s assessment is pretty right on, as far as I’m concerned. The several short stories I have written, both in writing classes and for the few contests I’ve entered, I will use for my own benefit. Having won or lost, they will go into a collection of short stories by Sharon K. Connell. 🙂


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