We are thrilled to bring to you the first ever Wordbitches’ Guest Post. Christi Corbett is writer who is snarky, smart and sassy, the perfect fit for this site. She also has six-year-old twins; this isn’t a requirement to post at Wordbitches, though both Leanne and Elena have fraternal twins. Check out Christi’s bio below and be sure to visit her fantastic blog.
When I was young, I pictured the location where writers did their work. It was always some variation of the following:
The recently showered and fully dressed writer pads down a long hallway and opens a door to their own private writing space. Clutching a mug of tea/coffee, the writer sits down at a comfortable chair located behind a highly polished, very organized mahogany desk. There is a wall of books on one wall and a functioning window overlooks an astounding view of a lake, a mountain, or a field of wildflowers.
Selecting a full pen from a drawer, the writer thinks for a long moment and at the precise moment inspiration hits, leans over a clean piece of paper and the words begin to flow.
Then I became a writer. Here is the reality.
On a typical day, when I’ve begged and pleaded for time to write, I can count on a minimum of five interruptions per hour. Last time I reserved a block of time to write I kept track of interruptions for my own amusement.
6:30 AM Hubby wants to know where the flea powder is—dog is scratching
6:41 AM Hubby comes in room for some clothes
7:01 AM Hubby brings me breakfast (OK—this one is great! Love him!)
7:09 AM Powdered, yet still scratching, dog is let into the room
7:25 AM Kids come in to see if I have any bacon left and can they have it
7:36 AM Boy twin comes in for a hug
7:42 AM Hubby needs toilet paper, where are extra rolls kept?
8:08 AM Girl twin needs me to fix her hair
8:25 AM Knock at window reveals family showing ripened tomatoes
8:26 AM Boy twin can’t find toy army men… do I know where they are?
8:50 AM Girl twin wants to weigh herself
9:01 AM Hubby needs jersey to watch upcoming football game
9:17 AM Hubby wants to know if he can pull bread from freezer
And so on.
So, that is a typical block of “writing time” for me. Now, let’s move on to the instruments for said writing.
My computer is ten years old, shuts off at will (usually when I haven’t saved in a while or I’m in the middle of a fantastic run of words), and is located in a peeling wood veneer cabinet that is shoved in the corner of my bedroom. My kids find everything in the cabinet fascinating, so of course things seem to grow legs and disappear. (Six-year-old twins find calculators, screen cleaners, coasters, my drafts, and note cards to be much fun to play with).
Sometimes I don’t use the computer. When inspiration strikes I use anything that is at hand. Some examples:
• Sticky notes (they paste so nicely to the computer monitor, don’t they?)
• Backs of envelopes
• Any kind of paper with a blank space on it anywhere
• You get the drift
As for writing utensils, our pens never have ink in them (my fault since I leave them clicked open all the time), so I’ve had to improvise at times:
• Dry erase markers
• And my personal favorite—using the tip of an empty pen to gouge the words into the paper. Trust me, if you’ve got a great flow of words coming to you this will work!
It is during these times that I try to remember it all comes down to this: How you write doesn’t matter, as long as you’re writing!
I’m so happy to guest host over here at the Wordbitches blog! I found it one day while online doing research (ok, really I was earning my keep as the reining Queen of Procrastination via Twitter but don’t judge) and haven’t missed a day since.
I’m a former television show and commercial writer who ditched it all to stay at home with my twins. Between wrestling diapers and mounds of laundry, I managed to complete my first novel—a historical fiction about a family traveling along the 1843 Oregon Trail. Now I’m getting ready to hop on the query train.