Catching Fireflies

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Writing in Every Nook and Cranny with The Bee

A few years ago, during NaNoWriMo, I had the good fortune to become writing buddies with Bee Halton. Over the years, we have supported each other, talked blogs and books, vented to each other, and most recently held each other accountable for our dreams. Bee agreed to guest post for me during this crazy season of classes, board exams and book editing.

Who is Bee? Bee is a writer and blogger who lives in Aylsham, Norfolk, Great Britain. She has varied interests such as poetry, fiction, reading, photography, fantasy/sci fi. Up until last June, she had multiple blogs on multiple topics and I honestly had no idea how she juggled them. But she has since consolidated them to one main blog and I have shared the link below. 🙂

And now, without further ado, I bring you Bee and her advice for writing in every nook and cranny!

Are you a writer with a day job and try to find the right balance between writing, work and family/friends? Well, I do and I start to feel like there is none. Or more it changes constantly, so that I have to adjust my strategies all the time.

One advice though that I had read a few months ago seems to work very well. It’s what I call ” write in every nook & cranny” of time that is.

Unfortunately I can not remember where I read that but a Writer, who blogs as well and had worked as a teacher, wrote that he used to write in every break at work possible. As it happens, I do the same right now. Half an hour and I can at least get half of this post noted down.

I admit I had pondered this post for about a week, so I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted to write. That makes it easier. But you could also just do some brainstorming on your next scene or blog post. Or structure something you were thinking about a long time.

Of course you won’t get a high word count writing in breaks, but you would be surprised how it adds up.

I think the problem is that we think we need lots of time in one block to get really writing. Truth is though we tend to procrastinate if we have lots if time. We don’t do what we have planned. Therefore, writing in any break we can get, be it at work, between taking the kids to piano lessons and sports club and in those 10 min just before the husband comes home, is a good strategy if we are not full-time writers.

It is the next day at work in my breakfast break as I write these last sentences. At home later on I will edit it and then send it on to Cheryl, who kindly agreed to let me post some of my thoughts on her wonderful blog.

I know that Kafka has been a clerk practically all of his life and has been writing mainly at night. He was not happy about it. He complaint a lot, that he needed his “Brotberuf” which is day job in German and could not be a full-time writer. But still he did not stop writing. And there are many other examples of famous writers with day jobs.

Be sure to check out Bee’s Blogs —
The Bee Writes
Something Random Now and Then


  1. charliebritten

    Enjoyed Bee’s comments and I have been writing a lot on my blog about not having time to write. But the problem for me is not merely lack of time but exhaustion which crushes all creativity.

    • Yes! The 9-5 day job and all the adult responsibilities leave me little time or energy to find my creative spark. I envy the artists and writers who manage to find their muse in five minute snatches of time!

  2. I do this with blog post ideas. When I have a few minutes I write out a few thoughts & save them as drafts. Then when I have a few minutes more I flesh them out more. It helps to make sure what I think are good ideas don’t get forgotten.

    • I have found blog post ideas are as fleeting as book ideas! If I don’t get a note written down when they come to me, they are gone forever.

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