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Hail To The Weekend Writers

Updated on November 25, 2014
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All the buzz around leaks notions of freelance writing and beginning your empire. Whether it be small time or the dream of something substantial we all envision greatness. But for those of us that love writing however, are wedged in the middle of life must find another slant. I keep hearing that approach is so important and will help to define who you are as a writer and quite possibly a person.

That is where my distress smolders. Finding an angle and approach feels great but usually short lived, possibly only thriving on the weekends. That is my life for now. Yet I can only imagine I am not alone. Can I get a ‘hell yah!’ Or at least I am hoping for one. Don’t leave me out on a limb.

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Up And At ‘Em

That is how I start my Saturday and if the inspirations continue flowing, frequently Sunday. No time to sleep in only time to get to work. So bright and early the imagined rooster’s crow forcefully schlepps me right from the warmth of my cozy resting place I refer to as my bed. No one in the house understands or has a clue of why my internal clock buzzes so damned early on a weekend often before most even realize they are still aimlessly wondering this world blissfully unconscious. This is not a weekend writer’s syndrome; but rather the syndrome of a writer. Ideas flow greatly while the mind attempts to rest almost bursting as they overflow into the wee hours of the morning. The perpetual hope is that when those words without notice spew out of every open crevice that they hit some unknowing blank page in an attempt to not be lost and flushed away like the last fleeting thought.

One Story At A Time

I have found that I have so many ideas but so little time. No worry, that is not the problem, I can only pump out a few thousand words at any given moment. More so, I find my weekend hiatuses focusing on quality not quantity. All good writers develop over time, great ones learn from their own mistakes along the way.

Ideas are sure to come and go, but one thing is for certain when writing on a limited basis one must stay focused. Not like the kid that runs amuck in Burger King while you are trying to enjoy your tenth Whopper of the year, but in a more collective fashion. Try to avoid starting too many projects at once that will likely lead to several undone pieces of work and possibly evoke ideas in some loved ones minds that something more devious is occurring, possibly could ensue an intervention of some sorts. Instead use your week at work to sort out the ideas you would like to use as weekend challenges. Working methodically through ideas will afford complete and solid work.

Save Those Ideas For Later

When thoughts ramble through like a young child searching for a lost toy don’t get lost in the mess, make it simple, take notes. As you all know the bubbles of ideas that float through the air and must be captured before a strong wind carries them to oblivion surface at the most inconvenient times. Possibly in the shower or while on the toilet but none-the-less ideas come at a time when taking notes may be at the least a struggle. Don’t fret, try and record those ideas the best you can with clean hands and expand upon them during those early mornings hours discussed earlier. Not all ideas are meant to pan out but many of them do, so go with the whims of my mind allowing it to freely create. If you decide to only write on a limited basis you will never be shy of ideas as there is always one stored for later.

Embrace The Title

Funny I thought about this section, but recently the direction of my future has been on my mind and a valuable question to ponder. I really would like to contribute my ideas to the world just as any other writer. Yet my deliverance may look different when compared to others as I have a full time job aside from writing. Though writing is one of my passions but I can only manage one thing at a time despite my mind arguing the facts. So recently it came to me. I am a writer, possibly of the freelance nature but at this time my contributions appear sporadically, which may come across as different to some. Well, I am used to being ‘different’ at this point of my life as that has always been my story and thereby my slant in life. I am all right at the present being a weekend warrior and I hope that is all right with those that tirelessly work at this as a fulltime gig. Though, I hope to gain followers of all sorts but most importantly those who also fall in this hidden laundry basket in the basement. No longer will I strive to become the next latest and greatest, but I will expel greatness working with the hourglass provided. By no means will I lose my touch by taking on this outlook; I am just not into blowing it up to something it is not. I embrace my part-time kind of writing.

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The Idea Least Thought Of

I have been stuck for days about what to write and finally the path least swept or traveled came over me. Maybe today is my freeing moment. I must not pump out more than my brain can fathom. I will not seek to create a masterpiece out of mush. Oh, that mush is my brain after work. I have worked against my analytical brain in so many ways. Day in and day out I think very technical and analytically, by the time I come home the creativity has been comfortably tucked in bed for hours. It finally came to me – thinking as I do is a death sentence for creativity. Before I recognized the natural way my brain processes, I struggled. Not to mention at times I almost wanted to give up sensing that my talents only lived inflated in my mind and that I had nothing to offer.

Kill The Critic Not The Messenger

Until recently when I recognized that I was trying to adopt someone else’s direction and opinion by allowing those negative critics to work overtime in my own life. Those critics worked tremendously hard to tell me what I am not but surely didn’t help me to find who I am meant to be. Planting a new seed does not grow without water and weeds are definitely detrimental. So I woke this morning with a great big watering can, my gardening gloves and went to work. Now I must say that I pulled the weeds from their pesky solid root bases and vehemently tossed them in the trash as I have so many times before. Then I sat and watered so carefully the seeds that I hope to harvest and watch grow.

A professional writer is an ametuer that didn't quit.

— Richard Bach

The Weekend Writers Ride Again

Get out there and allow the wind to flow through your overworked and tired strands of shimmering locks. Recharge your batteries that drained throughout the week’s hustle and bustle. Do something you love. If that love is writing, I encourage that you embark on that journey not as a deadline to meet or and empire to build. But get out and run the race you are meant to be in making sure to carefully remain in your lane but with the knowledge and confidence that in time the race you run may certainly be competitively compared to the greats in this business.

I ride with the sureness that my time will come, just as those before me. I am here to learn what I can as I go and I have some great leaders and mentors. I am running my race while recognizing where I am and where I need to be. Because I write on the weekends does not constitute lifeless talents that are any less or unworthy it just means I have a different path and one I must covet without worry of another’s footsteps. Yet I found myself one time lost and my seed without nourishment all the while allowing my weeds to grow beyond their expected stay.

Word to those weekend warriors – learn what you can in this business, run your race and keep your eye on your seeds as they grow and be careful of those pesky weeds – they grow fast.

Happy writing.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hooray for the weekend or part-time writers! Thank so much for this inspirational read here. A writer is a writer, no matter how often he or she writes. Producing some kind of article each day of the week, certainly does not make one more of a writer (or a better one) than those who do not. I have decided to write when I have something of worth to write about and attempt to write it to the best of my ability. I understand those who must write something daily to keep those pennies coming in, but to me, it is oh so important for quality to be first and foremost than just publishing something to publish something.

      It is always disheartening when someone who must write daily seems to put down others who do not write daily and consider others less of a writer. So thank you so much for this article!

      All writers have a reason why we write and when. Look at Harper Lee, only one novel, and does anyone consider her to not be a writer, of course not!

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      Enjoy your weekend writing!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Weekend or not, you are a very good writer with a unique voice. Well done! I'm the other end of the spectrum. I don't write on weekends at all, but make up for it during the week. :)

      Happy Sunday to you, Michelle!

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      Michelle Scoggins 2 years ago from Fresno, CA

      Thank you Teresa for the comment and support. We are all here together and it shows. I agree that it is about producing quality pieces and even if the outcome is similar to Harper Lee I can live with one exceptionally phenomenal book. Thanks again for sharing and have a great weekend :)

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      Michelle Scoggins 2 years ago from Fresno, CA

      Thanks Bill you are always a great supporter and most certainly a mentor. I can only hope to grow as a writer over the years. Enjoy your weekends free from writing and happy Sunday my friend!!

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      Kathleen Kerswig 2 years ago

      This is a great Hub! Thanks so much for sharing this. I am just now coming back to writing again and I definitely believe this was the perfect time for me to read your article. I'm thrilled to be back and I'm grateful to you for writing just what I needed to see. Blessings!

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      Michelle Scoggins 2 years ago from Fresno, CA

      Thank you Kathleen for stopping by and commenting. I am glad that you have found the motivation to return to writing. Have a great day :)

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      missirupp 2 years ago

      Here's your "Hell Yah!" Really good article and a joy to read.

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      Michelle Scoggins 2 years ago from Fresno, CA

      Thanks missirupp for the comment! :)

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      Donna S 2 years ago from Southern California

      I really enjoyed your stream of consciousness! You have good flow!!! Voted Up!

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      Thomas Byers 2 years ago from East Coast , United States

      I took today off to watch football but I'm eating dinner and getting started. I usually work all night 7 nights a week and some days. But this is a great Hub Page and everyone wanting to be a writer should read it. It has some great information. Great work here.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Wonderful hub mdscoggins. I can relate to everything you say, although I don't work full time I am busy as a carer and only write when I can fit it in, whether it is on the weekend or during the week. I am not a full time writer and the money I make is little incentive, but I write for the love of it and to constantly improve. I would love to be a freelance writer or published poet but who knows if that will ever happen. I try my best to write two hubs a week, sometimes I succeed, sometimes not. I feel quality is better than quantity as you do. You write very well and should be proud of it. Voted up.

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      Michelle Scoggins 2 years ago from Fresno, CA

      Thanks Donna. That was my ramble to overcome some pretty serious writer's block. Glad you enjoyed :)

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      Michelle Scoggins 2 years ago from Fresno, CA

      Wow Thomas what a trooper you are. Thanks for taking time out of your day to stop by. Football is surely consuming and I commonly find myself wrapped in a blanket glaring at the television for hours on Sunday :)

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      Michelle Scoggins 2 years ago from Fresno, CA

      Thanks Jodah for the comment and compliment. Quality is definitely on top. No matter how often you write as long as it is quality material who cares. I too stay motivated by the small monetary incentives. One day who knows we may both find ourselves published as weekend writers.

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      Cristen Iris 2 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      Hell yayah! And I'm with ya, girl. We've talked about it before so you know I'm up when you are. I find it really invigorating to be sitting at my computer at 4 a.m. sipping my coffee and anxious to get locked into bits and bytes the ideas that woke me in the first place. But more than that, I love the feeling I get when I suddenly see an image of you and other writers doing the same thing at the same time. I think of billybuc's recent article about the brotherhood of writers.

      I can't help but wonder if your hair is sticking up like mine does and if you couldn't care less. The only thing that matters are the words. All hail weekend writers, early birds and the night owls among us!

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      Michelle Scoggins 2 years ago from Fresno, CA

      Hi Iris. Funny I get up hair all wild and get to work without a care at the present moment. I am glad to see that others reap my syndrome; the early birds among us. Have a great one as you work your early morning magic!!

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      I've been writing a political thriller novel for a couple of years in the evenings and into the wee hours of the morning at times, or sometimes up very early before I run out of the door for my hour commute into the city ... sigh. So weekends are my best of the best time to get a lot of writing done, especially being my children are grown ...except when the grands come up for the weekend, then everything goes out the window LOL.

      We take every little bit of time whenever we are able, that is for sure!

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      Michelle Scoggins 2 years ago from Fresno, CA

      Great story Teresa that demonstrates the sheer determination you have for getting this novel out of your mind and out to share with us all someday. Writer's never rest as our minds contain our best work. I commend you for sticking to it and staying motivated :)

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      Tricia Deed 2 years ago from Orlando, Florida

      Excellent informative article. Enjoyed it very much.

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      Michelle Scoggins 2 years ago from Fresno, CA

      Thank you Tricia for the comment. Have a good day!!

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      Timothy Arends 2 years ago from Chicago Region

      Absolutely right about needing to silence that inner critic sometimes. Sometimes that tells you what you're doing "wrong" but NOT what you're doing right!

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      Michelle Scoggins 2 years ago from Fresno, CA

      Thanks Tim for the comment and for understanding. That critic can run amuck if it is not tamed.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Such an inspirational piece for people like me--I am a part-timer

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      ArtDiva 2 years ago

      Yep, that critic within can cripple the mind, especially so if not even hailed as a weekend writer, part-timer, or otherwise. Words can light up someone's day. This article did for me. Thank you.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 2 years ago from Reno NV

      Hell yeah! Thank you for some inspiration. Jamie

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      Michelle Scoggins 2 years ago from Fresno, CA

      Thanks Audrey for commenting. Glad I am among good company.

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      Michelle Scoggins 2 years ago from Fresno, CA

      Thanks ArtDiva for commenting and I am glad that this article was able to light your day.

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      Michelle Scoggins 2 years ago from Fresno, CA

      Thanks Jamie for the comment. Hell Ya!!

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I try to write during the week and whenever I can. On weekends I like to be free from computer stuff. Interesting and a useful hub.

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      Michelle Scoggins 2 years ago from Fresno, CA

      Thanks Devika. I also try to write when I can, unfortunately that usually occurs on the weekend.

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      Weekend warriors or not, I totally agree we must cultivate the seeds and not let the weeds take over. The weeds come in many forms and we need to be able to identify them.

      This was a great read from start to finish and full of so much encouragement for all of us. Thank you.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Michelle Scoggins 2 years ago from Fresno, CA

      Thanks Mary for the comment. Glad you enjoyed it :)

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      Joy56 2 years ago

      So encouraging and positive ".. Thankyou

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      Michelle Scoggins 2 years ago from Fresno, CA

      Thank you Joy56 for the comment and I hope to continue bringing positivity.

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