Writing on Saturday while at a convention is next to impossible.
First, there is staying by the table to make sales. That’s kind of a priority at conventions: make sales and introduce new readers to my books. And I’m not just talking sales of books. I got myself myself a another short story deal today while I was standing at the table and talking with a fellow author.
Then, there are the panels. I’m a bit obsessive about arriving on time to panels. If a convention has me as a guest, I want to fulfill my part of the bargain. That means I show up to panels on time, (preferably with a caffeinated beverage to help aid in the entertainment factor). Arriving late or missing panels isn’t an option. (The exception, of course, was MCFC this year when I got so sick I couldn’t stand.)
Then there is the after convention networking… It doesn’t leave much time for writing.
So here I am again, typing words into my phone after I had made a big deal about using a computer for writing sessions from now on only a day or two ago. But I’m writing. I am keeping the momentum of the story flowing.
Today’s session wasn’t much. I can feel that tingle in the back of my throat, meaning I’m about to get sick if my body doesn’t fight it. I can’t get sick again. I just got over two months of a sinus infection that took everything out of me. Basically, I made sure to jot down some of the ideas that I had throughout the day–especially after finding a few experts I needed to interview. I might pester them some more tomorrow.
How about the rest of you? What do you do to carve out time to write at conventions?