Real Life Intruding

Today I’m writing about that most annoying of things… real life. It would be lovely if we could all write our brilliance in a vacuum and only had to deal with the story, the word count, the edits, the promo, the marketing (actually that all sounds pretty stressful right there).

Fortunately (or not) most of us writers have a pesky real world (don’t you all love family/friends?) that occasionally jumps right in our happy word path and demands attention. This week it’s happened to me in terms of two different illnesses converging on my house and taking us all out one by one.

Of course I have a deadline that doesn’t care and some edits that I really wanted to get stuck into.

So I wanted to share my tips on surviving a real life sick-apocalypse.

  • No one needs to be superhuman. It really can wait (yes, it can even if you think it can’t).
  • Reading is research and a wonderful escape.
  • Thinking is working and plotting out that next conversation for when you can get back to the computer
  • Even a few minutes to keep that story ticking over can help you feel like you haven’t lost the thread. I managed a thirty minute block where the words spilled out because I’d been thinking so much.
  • Read some more – because, well, there are all the awesome books and it’s comforting.

Any other tips?



beck nicholas_ bec sampson


I always wanted to write. I’ve worked as a lab assistant, a pizza delivery driver and a high school teacher but I always pursued my first dream of creating stories. Now, I live with my family near Adelaide, halfway between the city and the sea, and am lucky to spend my days (and nights) writing young adult fiction.

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  1. This comes at a great time. I had last night, tonight and tomorrow planned out to get through some chapters and now hubby and I both have the flu. So, no writing for me.

    Even typing this hurts. Thank goodness I don’t have a deadline.



    1. Ironically I couldn’t respond to this yesterday because the tummy bug that went through hubby and the kids took me down. Thank goodness for scheduling posts. I did a heap of reading so it’s research.
      Hope you feel better soon.

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  2. I often wish for the day when I can devote ‘all my time’ to writing but the logical part of my brain (not the biggest part unfortunately) tells me there’s no such thing. And really, would I actually produce 8 hours worth of writing / editing if I had it? I doubt it. As you say, the writing process reaches beyond just writing. Reading, thinking about plot & characters, even watching movies, is all part of the writing life. I try to combine exercise with writing – I use the recording app on my phone to capture plot ideas, dialogue etc. while walking. Not for everyone, I know, but worth a try at least once 🙂

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