How Rebecca Graf finds time to write…work…be a mother…wife….read…run a business….I’m tired just writing that title…
How Rebecca finds the time to write…
That is a question I get a lot. The more people get to know me, the more they seem to ask that question. I don’t know if I have an answer. It just happens.
I don’t have a 9-5 job so that helps. I work from home as a freelance writer and online business owner. I have three kids ages 16, 14, and 11 who have me running quite a bit. I run five online sites with two of them as full businesses. Oh, and currently I am going back to school to get my history and English degree. So, how do
I find the time to write?
I make it happen.
I am a big list person. I have to or I’d forget over half of what I have to get done. I list out first all the areas of my life and then put at least five things down under each that need to get done. Then I pull the most important one and start working on it. Between every couple of tasks, I stop and write at least a hundred words on a story. It could be any story. I’m currently working on twelve at one time. The one I write on depends on my goals. I have goals for each story, and I focus on it until I meet the goal and then move on to another story.
It has to be something you make time for. There are days I don’t get to do more than write for pay or blog posts, but they are few and far between. My muse won’t let me ignore it. She’ll pester me and pester me until I get the writing done.
Though now that I think about it, school is about over. I don’t know what I’ll do then. I might have to escape to the library or the local coffee shop to find the time to write. Because family won’t let you.
About the author: Rebecca Graf
Rebecca Graf spent over twenty years in the accounting field with no way to release her creative juices. To do so in accounting, could get you life. So she began writing online. From there, she ventured into fiction. Dark Connections is her fifth published book with many more in the works. Rebecca is the mother of three children and lives with them and her husband of twenty years in Wisconsin.
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Wow what a week….
Holy cow is anyone else excited its finally Friday??? I don’t know about you all but I have had a long and exausting week. But it is finally over.
Here is my week wrap up, I will also be doing a Youtube video that will be on my video link above.
Wow what an amazing week (June 17-21 work week)
I posted a couple guest posts:
– Author Ellen Harger let us know how she gets inspired.
– Alison Neuman Guest blogged for me.
And of course my book reviews….
Strong Enough by: Ellen Harger
Ice Rose by: Alison Neuman
Duff: Designated Ugle Fat Friend by: Kody Kiplinger
** I tried to do a live interview with author Rebecca Graf…. but it didn’t quite work out…But luckly we were still able to meet on Facebook and I gave away some SWAG. And who doesn’t love SWAG!!!
Hopefully Google+Hangouts will get their issues resolved for future interviews.
What to expect next week…..
Next week I plan on reading and writing. Book 3 Embers Embrace needs to be finished.
So watch out for more reviews next week both here and on my Youtube channel. So stay tuned.
Have a great weekend everyone, hope you find something wonderful to read. Or the writing muse is with you.
Publisher: Fireside Publications
Release Date: September 15, 2010
Author | Amazon
About The Book:
Ice Rose — A teenager’s world is turned upside down when an explosion steals her dad and her identity. Entering an exclusive academy that immerses her in the world of secret agents, she must overcome her fears and disabilities to discover the truth about her dad’s mission, his software, and the mystery man stalking her before she ends up like her father — lost.
Alison’s writing has appeared in “MacEwan Today”, “Westword”, and the “Edmonton Journal” along with three tracks on the CD release Outside The Window. Co-writing the screenplay adaptation of the book Whale Songwith author Cheryl Kaye Tardif exposed her to the world of screenwriting, which she hopes to continue to examine further in the future. Alison also has been writing shorter pieces of non-fiction, one entitled Establishing Roots, that earned a top ten ranking in the Edmonton Stories contest. This past spring she was a winner in The Expressions of Hunger Contest in the Emotional Poetry category. Her piece Undeniable Craving was on display in June and July in various artistic locations across the city of Edmonton. She has completed a final edit of her memoir “Searching For Normal” and is currently writing her next young adult manuscript.
When not writing creatively, Alison is editing or writing for her business, Sandy Tree Communications.
Wow, that’s no simple question! And yet, like writing, the answer is pretty
direct. How does one write? You just do it. Where do you find inspiration? Everywhere. The answers are simple. It’s the act that’s difficult.
What I believe inspires me is music and life. I’d like to say that I sit at my desk and listen to my iTunes on random and voila! I have a story plot! But it takes some serious mojo for the elements to align and beam their creativity.
The alchemy of inspiration is a tad unpredictable and there’s no recipe to follow. Sometimes an image pops into my head–we’ll call that the Athena Affect. I have this moment or this essence that I want to convey and I start asking questions: how did we arrive here? Why is this significant? Is this the impetus or conclusion?
So what causes this brain snap?
The problem with the Athena Affect (images born fully formed) is that such scenes are often cut from the draft pretty early. They spawn a story but remain unincorporated, an elusive wisp of possibility. With Strong Enough I was itching to write something, ANYTHING, and kept pulling at feelings, settings, notions until I made cloth with which to weave. However, the first image/scene didn’t survive. It fell away as the story came together. Now it resides in my idea box (brain), waiting to be satisfied.
On the other hand, I’m in the middle of a dystopian novel–I have a draft courtesy of a NaNoWriMo challenge–and the initial image persists while the draft is to be scrapped because the first approach didn’t work.
Another story, this time a paranormal comedy, jumped from a blog of a delightful writer. It leapt up and chest bumped some arcane knowledge of mythology that’s always rolling around in my head, and they blended and reformed right before my eyes. The execution has been less dynamic but finally recognizing the comedic potential helped. A little inspiration infusion happened this past weekend when I finally, FINALLY, watched Warm Bodies. Loved it as much as Zombieland and it confirmed the desired style for my story.
Which brings us to life. It wasn’t my experience that confirmed my paranormal story but it was me living my life, allowing in other creativity–creativity for my personal enjoyment. It was reading other books, blogs, or even listening to music. However, life is a huge mountain waiting to be mined for experience gold. Once Strong Enough took shape, I used interviews and research to bring the characters’ worlds into focus.
Inspiration isn’t just the first AH HA moment. It happens continuously throughout a project. It can be a song traveling through your headphones to dance with your intention, crafting a new complexity. It can be a silly commercial on TV or bizarre dream that spins into the solution. All AH HA moments are essential whether they come at the beginning, middle, or end. Inspiration is life and life is inspiration. It is constant and energetic.
The great thing about these interview questions is that I’m discovering (and REdiscovering) some interesting things. Thank you!
Ellen Harger was born at the Air Force Academy in Colorado. As a military brat, she moved often during her childhood–something she never resented and continued as an adult. The constant starting over influenced her first published novel, “Strong Enough.”
At 14, her family settled in Missouri as civilians, permitting Ellen to attend one high school. She stayed in the Midwest to attend a small liberal arts college, studying creative writing and art. After 11 years, she moved to Boston. While there, she continued to study creative writing in Cambridge. Ever willing to explore new places, she moved next to the San Francisco Bay area. After 11 years away, and loving the symmetry, she returned to the Midwest to finish “Strong Enough.” She has published a poem, “Guidelines,” and released her novel as an e-book. You can find her at:
Ellen Harger’s Website