Time Management

So, in addition to writing fiction, I am also trying to become a non-fiction author. I always think it’s boring and dry when people talk about writing non-fiction – so I’m only going to do it a bit. See, I guess when I think about non-fiction, I think History. And if not History, then I think Computer Programming. The latter makes more sense than the former, being as I do web development during the day. But for some reason, I always think World War II books first.

My non-fiction book, though, is not about Computer Programming nor Web Development. So what, then? I am writing a Fantasy Basketball Draft Guide. Due to the seasonal nature of such a thing, I am not going to attempt to have it published by anyone other than myself (and my co-author, of course).

This “As you know, Bob” back story is my way of telling rather than showing the difficulties of writing when it comes down to time management and deadlines. Because I’ve been focused on writing fiction for the most part since the NBA season ended, and only working a little bit on this draft guide. Then last week I realized that I had to write about 100 more player predictions still in about 30 days. That’s not too bad except that I have a vacation coming up where I’ll be without internet for 7 days, and driving and sightseeing (when I’m not working remotely) for another 10 days. That leaves 13 days, or 7.69 players per day. The end of July deadline is an artificial one (as the author, editor, and publisher, I get to set all the deadlines), but it is a necessary one for completing the first draft of this guide. So, I spent my free time this weekend immersing myself in a world of non-fiction. I don’t want it to sound like a bad thing, because I really enjoyed it; I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t. I approach writing about basketball players in the same way I write about fictional characters, that is: I look for clever turns of phrase and inventive similes to use at least once in every player profile. And I hope that at least some of that will help improve the skills I use in fiction writing.

Now, in addition to writing fiction and non-fiction, I also have a day job where they require strongly encourage overtime work as well as extra volunteer activities. So, unlike a lot of writers whose blogs I read who write during their half hour lunch, and get in extra time in the evenings, I work through my lunch so I have time to work on volunteer projects in the evenings and then hopefully have time to do some writing of both the fiction and non-fiction varieties.

So, the real point is: I am positing this as an excuse for the anemic word counts that I post here on a weekly basis, as well as the one which I’ll be posting on Wednesday, because it will probably be the weakest yet. And yes, I probably could have spent the 15 minutes I just spent writing this post on something else. But I doubt I could have cranked out the preceding 450+ words in that span of time if I were working on something that required more thought and less rambling and babbling. And yes, I could also probably count the words that I wrote for my non-fiction assignment. But for some reason, that seems like cheating. And I’m not a actual cheater – just a copycheater.

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