Nov 262012

Simon Rose takes over today with Part 2. Read Part 1 here.

It’s very important to set up your office space so that you can be comfortable while working on your writing projects, but its equally important to set time aside for your writing. This can be particularly challenging for people with younger children, especially if they’re using the same computer and workspace. It can also be extremely difficult for aspiring authors with regular jobs, which may entail long hours and precious little time to spare once they return home at the end of the day. However, if you set time aside on Saturday mornings, for example, to do some writing for a couple of hours, make sure you stick to it. If you have a partner who can take care of the children that day, all the better to free you from distractions. And if you decide to designate the evenings for your creativity, make sure that you adhere to a certain time to finish your writing session, especially if you have to work the next day. Even if you are utterly inspired to complete the latest chapter of that potential best seller and it might take all night, it won’t do you any good if you fall asleep at work the next day and lose your job. If you’re going to write again the following evening, the ideas will still be there anyway. Doubtless you will still think about your writing at various points throughout the day, and may even make a note or two while you’re at the office, out at lunch or stuck in traffic. However, if you’re going to do your writing justice, you need to be able to focus when you have the time available to work on your project.

Simon Rose is the author of The Alchemist’s Portrait, The Sorcerer’s Letterbox, The Clone Conspiracy, The Emerald Curse, The Heretic’s Tomb, The Doomsday Mask and The Time Camera, plus many non-fiction books for children. Visit his website at or his blog at

Thanks for writing, Simon, and thank you for reading,
Sarah Butland author of Sending You Sammy, Brain Tales – Volume One and Arm Farm

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