Time to Write with Carlton & Kristy

Carlton Hughes–

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

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

One of them started whining at 4:50 a.m. The other joined in with that short, sharp arf! a few minutes later.

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.

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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.

7 thoughts on “Time to Write with Carlton & Kristy

  1. Love your bullet list, Carlton! It reminds me of that funny cartoon about the woman who heads out to get the mail, gets interrupted and ends up all over the place, but never remembers to check her mail. Deadlines are great for pinning us down. And Kristy! That’s hilarious. So, how often do you come up with articles spurred by your early morning ritual? 🙂

  2. I always start my day with the best of intentions! 🙂 I’ve learned if I need time to pass (at the doctor’s office, waiting for a pot to boil, etc.), just get on social media. Thirty minutes fly by like three! Unfortunately, too much of my writing time slips by that way, too. I think my new strategy is going to be to set an alarm for how much time I can allot to social media, and then obey the alarm when it goes off!

  3. Ideas fly at me throughout the day, Betty. Sometimes I catch them and squash them to paper; sometimes, I tell myself I will remember. Riiiiggghhhttt. That rarely happens. So usually by each morning, I have a multitude of ideas to write on. And even that gives me pause. What if I choose the wrong one?

    When I’m on deadline, I pray with focus the night before and God usually gives me a good ledge to hang the rest of the story on. I scribble it down on loose leaf paper, put it on my kitchen table along with the file folder of research and interviews, and then I bang out the rest of the story while everyone is still asleep.

    Early mornings do allow me to fix my sanity in Jesus, though, before anyone else is up. And that makes all the difference in the world.

  4. Karen, I try to do the same thing. This morning, before I turned on my laptop, I don’t just have an alarm set, I have a purpose to fulfill while those minutes are ticking. My office is in the studio, a converted garage that my husband uses at night for trumpet practice and Bible study and I use in the wee hours for writing. Thing is … we have propane heat in here. Propane is expensive, so I limit my use of it. God has allowed me to have a writing space that hovers around 45 to 55 degrees in winter. I am learning exactly how fast I can type before my fingers don’t move from the cold!

    But I totally agree with you that thirty minutes fly by like three! Keep in touch and let us know how your alarm system works. Blessings on you, sister!

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