Time to write? An interesting phenomenon I haven’t figured out.
My day job is teaching, and I currently teach at three different sites each week, in addition to completing community service and internal service. I serve my church as a children’s pastor, and I am a year-round volunteer with Operation Christmas Child. I am married and have two nearly-grown sons and lots of cats (we are the stray magnet in the neighborhood).
As if that isn’t enough, I am called to be a writer. Many times I’ll plan a day of writing, and here’s how that usually goes:
- Wake up, do my devotional reading.
- Quick check of social media—in case I have an important message, of course.
- Eat breakfast (Can’t write on an empty stomach, can I?)
- Sit down with my computer, open a Word file.
- Type a title.
- Remember there’s an I Love Lucy marathon on, watch an episode or three to jump-start my creativity.
- Check episode guides online to get information about what I am watching.
- Back to my computer, type a couple of sentences.
- Realize I’m hungry, go eat lunch (Need strength for writing!).
- Come back to my computer, another quick check of social media.
- Watch a cat video.
- Return to my computer, type another sentence or two.
- Decide that’s enough, I’m tired, turn on the latest football or basketball game.
Does your adult ADHD kick in when you try to write? I have learned I make more time to write when I have a deadline. With that hanging over my head, I’ll leave behind the sitcoms, ball games, and social media sites to write.
Let’s open our computers and write! Oh, wait, another cat video . . .
Carlton Hughes wears many hats: husband, father, college professor, children’s pastor, writer. He is a professor of communication at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College and the children’s pastor at Lynch Church of God. He and his wife Kathy have two sons, Noah and Ethan. You’ll find his tongue in his cheek as he contributes humorous inspirational pieces to two blogs and writes for devotions for publication.
Kristy Horine – A Peculiar Reveille
I did ask for help with getting up at 5 a.m. to write, didn’t I?
Why, yes. Yes, I did. I asked and God answered.
For several months now, the dogs have sounded off like clockwork. The beauty of this wake-up call is that the dogs don’t have a snooze button I can smack. I actually have to get out of bed, put on a robe, my coat, and my shoes. I must be alert enough to deal with leashes, and then walk in the cold dark and wait while the pooches find that perfect place to … well, you know. By the time I get back into the house, I am completely awake and ready to write.
A peculiar, persistent reveille. Just what I needed. Just when I needed it.
Kristy Horine is a Kentucky writer: freelance journalist by trade; creative by God’s grace. Kristy writes a little bit of everything including poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction. She makes her life in Bourbon County with her husband and is mother to four children. Her professional and creative work has been published in newspapers, magazines and anthologies in Kentucky and beyond. She is the founder of 3rd Letter Christian Writers in Lexington, Kentucky and is a contributing blogger at www.inspiredprompt.com. Read more of her work at: www.writeonereallife.fistbump.press, and http://www.kentuckymonthly.com/blogs/a-kentuckian-in-paris or follow her on Twitter at @Kwriteone.
Writing Prompt: Choose one of the three photos above (cat, dogs, or bugler) and come up with a couple of intriguing questions to start a story.