Making Time

Finding Time to Write by guest blogger, Hope Clark, Funds for Writers

“Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin
you have, and only you can determine how it will be
spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it
for you.”

~ Carl Sandburg ~

You cannot create time. You are allotted time. Twenty-
four hours in a day. So when you say you don’t have time,
you’re wrong. You have the same amount as anyone else.

So when someone contacts me, and asked how can they make
time for writing, I turn up the tough love to a pretty
high volume.

You make time for writing by sacrificing something else.

There! Problem solved. Now all you have to do is decide
what you toss out of your life to make room for your stories.

Oh, but you can’t. You have the job, kids, parents, church,
volunteer activities, exercising, gardening, cleaning, commuting,
Wednesday’s bridge, Friday’s movie night, and the list goes on
and on. How do successful writers do it?

Let’s start with one week. Find your notebook or calendar
that has plenty of room to write on, and make note of
absolutely everything you do. No fudging. No forgetting
and making up answers. You have twenty-four hours in a
day, seven days a week. Note them all.

Maybe you cannot give up your kids, as much as you’d like
to on some days. However, you can do the following to
spend more time writing and less time with child-rearing.
Yes, I said it! Take some time away from the kids. I’m
serious as a heart attack when I say that if your children
do not see you passionate about something other than them,
they don’t learn how to go after something great in their
lives or respect others who do.

1. Pick your writing time, even if it’s 15 minutes a day.
2. Make that time off limits except in case of emergency
(dinner isn’t an emergency).
3. Do not break your own regimen, or you teach the kids
it’s okay to break their own obligations.
4. Have someone watch the kids even if you’re in the house.
This teaches the kids that rules are rules.
5. Attend a conference. You’ll miss them more than they’ll
miss you.

Don’t have kids? Let’s take the job, the commute, volunteering,
and so on, and step back to analyze them in a different light.
How can they be streamlined, short-cut, or reorganized to
consume less time?

There’s always a way. With all the books on Amazon, obviously
somebody is finding the time. You are not the martyr. You are
not so unique. It’s just a matter of reorganization,
prioritizing, and frankly, not being afraid of tackling your
writing as if it were vital to who you are.

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TRANSITION SENTENCES and HOW to USE THEM

Transition Sentences Make Your Writing Clear and Concise

By guest blogger, Shanna Wegrocki

What are Transition Sentences? Think of them as a bridge that transitions from one slight change of subject to another. They connect the paragraphs seamlessly and make the writing flow more smoothly in the reader’s mind without need of extraneous explanations. Without transition sentences, your work will be choppy and disjointed;

You can use transition sentences:

• Between sections. This type of transition summarizes information for the reader.
• Between paragraphs. This is the most common type, and is usually the first or last sentence of a paragraph.
• Within paragraphs. You can do these with a single word or short phrase.

All three types are equally important. Transitions are the cues that tell the reader how to interpret progressive details on subject matter.

There are Many Styles of Transitions:

Single transitional words are easy to identify. There is a long list, but they fit into distinct categories, such as addition, comparison, concession, contrast, emphasis, example, summary, time sequence, spatial arrangement, cause and effect, purpose, similarity, place, result and repetition.

Single transitional words may also be pronouns, parallelism, or synonyms. With practice, you will find you can use any and all of these devices to smoothly transition from one sentence to another, one paragraph to another, or one subject to another – all the while keeping the coherence of your work in place.

Examples, with the transitions in bold:

• She was a good girl while her mother was around.
• You can go to the movie if you clean your room first.
• “I told Jenny she could go to her friend’s house for the night because she did all her chores.”
• “No, he didn’t say that, and furthermore, he couldn’t have said it because he lost his voice.”
• “She shouldn’t have done that, but by the same token, look what he did to her.”

Do you see how transitions and transition sentences move from one subject to another closely related subject? And that’s the whole point.

Your Assignment: Select something to read and pick out the transition words. Transition sentences will be the first or last sentence of a paragraph – usually the first one.

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For further study on this subject, check these out:
http://www.smart-words.org/transition-words.html
http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/574/02/
http://www.unc.edu/depts/wcweb/handouts/transitions.html#5