Using Snatches of Time

I hoped I’d have the luxury of an uninterrupted half-hour this morning to write this. That was before a big client asked me to drop everything and fix a problem.

Then I needed until 4 p.m. to finish the project I’d also planned to complete this morning. A small writing project I’ve yet to begin is due in less than a week.

Fortunately, I’ve completed the research. All I need is about eight hours of writing time. Where I’ll get those I don’t know; most of the next four days are packed.

I could fantasize that I’ll write during my upcoming flights to Chicago and back. But have you ever tried to write in the coach section?

More realistically, I’ll have to use the three or four hours in my hotel room Monday after dinner. (After that, I can catch up with my email.) Then Tuesday morning I can grab another three hours between breakfast and when I have to leave for the airport. That’s six or seven hours — almost enough. Tuesday evening after arriving home and unpacking, I can fire up my computer and invest the final hour or two.

Nobody ever said meeting deadlines — your own or those imposed on you — is easy. But to succeed in this business, you must reclaim snatches of time wherever you can.

Besides serving as the Guild’s Editor-in-Chief, Andy Scheer works as a freelance book editor and an agent for Hartline.

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