Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Tik Tok, On the Clock

If anyone recognizes the title of this post, they know I'm quoting Ke$ha's song "Tik Tok".  Why? Because I love that song and this week's YA Highway's Road Tip Wednesday is all about time.

What time do you prefer to do your writing? Early Worm? Night Owl ? Any five seconds you can grab?

First off, me? An early worm? AAAHAHAHAAAHAHAHAHAAA!!!!!

...So that'd be a nooo:)

I'm a night owl, through and through. I tend to do all my writing in the evening to late at night--sometimes straight to early morning--but I also try to write every second I can.

Time is a crucial element to writing. It takes time to plot. Time to edit. Time to pull your hair out or cry a little. But most importantly, a writer needs time to write, and as we know that's not always easy to come by. Some of the best advice published authors give is to take writing like it's a job. Sit down and write at a certain time everyday. Some days it's harder to write than others, some days you want to take those pages and rip them apart, spit on them, or set them on fire, but always remember:  practice makes perfect--or at least better.


  1. Practice certainly does make better. :)

    I've heard that advice too, and think it's fantastic. I make it a point to work on my writing in some way every day (whether it's editing, writing or blogging). It's not only helped my mood (I'm in a much better mood when I feel I've been productive) but it's helped me accomplish quite a bit.

  2. I think writing a little bit every day is great advice, especially when you're reluctant to write, or just don't think you've got the inspiration to do it. Sometimes writing itself can be inspiration enough.

  3. Hi Aimee,

    My name's Kate, and I'm an 18-year-old YA writer from Utah. I just discovered your blog and I have to say, I love it! I'm so glad there are other teen authors out who are serious about writing...I signed with an agent recently and I'm just getting into blogging. Anyways, looking forward to your posts! Great advice, btw....sometimes I have to force myself to write every day even when I don't want to.

  4. Awesome that you can write like that. I can't. It's morning, afternoon - never night time. Okay, maybe a rare night time.

    Oh, but I do love when I get so engrossed I can't stop. Love those days!

  5. Ava Jae--I know what you mean about feeling productive, especially on a day when writing is kind of sluggish. It's such a good feeling when something is accomplished :D

    Francesca Zappia--I agree, merely writing can be an inspiration :D

    Kate Coursey--First I have to say OMG! Congratulations on getting an agent! (And rarely ever do I use "Omg" but I felt this was a good moment lol.) And thanks so much for the follow. I'm glad you enjoy my blog :D

    Alison Miller--I love those days, too, when I just can't type the words fast enough :D