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Dan Redding
Posted on Wednesday, February 05, 2003 - 06:14 pm:   

How do you manage to find the time to both write fiction and edit? Just curious.
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Forrest
Posted on Thursday, February 06, 2003 - 11:02 am:   

Good question! The balance is difficult - what I've found with my writing is that I tend to have powerful ideas come into my head "all at once". I'm careful to keep a small notebook of some kind with me at all times, as inspiration strikes suddenly. If at all possible, I'll stop what I'm doing, write a paragraph about the story idea or image that's infiltrated my head, and leave it. Then I can concentrate on the editing (I'm a fairly quick reader, which helps). Later, when I have a free moment (usually between 9PM and Midnight, after the kids are in bed), I'll take time to write a paragraph or two - or I might write an entire story in one sitting and just be up till odd hours of the morning.

The key, I think, is to be constantly thinking about the story you're either writing or editing. Inside my head is a very busy place - it sometimes drives me crazy! But I'm also sure to make down time to be with my family and/or be in the outdoors.

Does that satisfy your curiosity, Dan? I must admit, I'm really blessed to do both . . . and really tired a lot of the time.

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