Can you pat your head and rub your tummy at the same time? I never could. Can you write when you drive? I think I can.
My day job as a visiting nurse means long hours on the road with stops along the way to check on my patients. When I am in the car my time is my own. I can listen to the radio, blast a CD, talk on the phone (speaker phone, of course), or just bask in the sun and silence of driving solo. Or I can write. Loosely speaking that is.
Since I work full-time at my day job and write evenings and weekends, squeezing in extra time for writing isn’t always easy but I think I’ve found a way to take advantage of my down-time during the day to advance my writing. Here is how I do it:
I jot notes at red lights. Amazing how long some of the lights can be. This is when I work on my plot outline. My notes look like this:
Bernie meets Andrea.
House gets broken into.
Bernie stumbles on to the body.
Enough red lights and my chapter outline is almost done. Read the rest of this entry »