Interval Training for Writers?

Before I start, I’d like to direct you to my partner in crime William Kendall’s blog. If you want to know the answer to that a-few-years-old question, “Who let the dogs out?” William has the answer!

I’d planned to write about something completely different today…but as I was attempting to catch up on reading the blogs I follow, I came across a post on Talli Roland’s blog that caught my attention (something not easily accomplished these days).

Talli, about to publish yet another wonderful novel, blogged about a post on literary agent Rachelle Gardner’s blog. Interval training for writers? It was intriguing enough for me to check it out.

As anyone who’s been following this blog with any regularity knows, my inability to actually finish a book in the past four years has been a source of major frustration for me. It’s bothered me that the things that once came easily are now a constant struggle. It goes with aging for most of us–or so I’ve been telling myself. I’m easily distracted. I have the attention span of a gnat. I’m desperate at this point. I’ll try anything.

In the past year, the only “new” releases I’ve had are actually reissues of my old Berkley books in ebook format. I have several works in progress, but nothing completed. Anything longer than a blog post is a challenge equal to climbing Mount Everest!

It took me ten years to complete Chasing the Wind. I’ve been working on the sequel, An Army of Angels, since 2008. I’ve considered switching genres. Romantic comedy is easier to write and usually of a shorter length. I’ve gone back to writing first drafts in longhand. I’ve even done a bit of research on circadian rhythms.

And I’ve wondered if I should just give up. Retire.

But this just might work. Even my wandering brain could probably manage two or three 90-minute sessions daily. I might even turn out something good….

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