Thursday, January 28, 2010

Like a Fox

Thursday mornings are rough. I teach a 9 a.m. class and boy do hate getting up early. It's not just getting up, but it's getting up, beautifying myself and being ready to wow the masses before the Early Show has even ended.

(What's that she said? Stephanie doesn't like getting up early? Stephanie Damore, the girl that used to write every morning at 5 a.m. before work. That girl?)

Yes, that girl. You see, after leaving industry last year, I've adapted to my new writing schedule, which means no need for sunrise writing sessions.

Yep, it all comes back to adaptation. As writers, we have to adapt to our environment--figuring out when we can write and making the most out of our time.

Writing schedules aren't the only way writers adapt. What about switching genres? Or adding on a pen name? And who can forget all the e-publishing business (what's going to happen to publishing?!?).

Well folks, here's my forecast. It's going to adapt. It is adapting. Publishing, agents, writers--we're all adapting to make this industry work. We're like the arctic fox--built to withstand the elements. Heck, if our furry friends can adapt in a subzero climate, then we've got this publishing business nailed.

6 comments:

Shannon O'Donnell said...

This was so creative, Stephanie - I love the comparison! I am not, nor will I ever be, a morning person. I'm going to have to adapt in other ways.

I love the fox! :)

Stephanie Thornton said...

I'm not a morning person, but I have to be prepared to teach high schoolers at 7:30AM. So I write at night. I sometimes get up early on weekends to write, before my daughter wakes up. But that's just because she doesn't nap anymore!

Steph Damore said...

Thanks Shannon, I'm glad you liked it. Seeing you're not a morning person, when do you tend to write? I'm not a morning or night person. I'm more like mid-morning, 9-11 a.m.

Steph Damore said...

Steph, how do you do it? I teach adults at 9 a.m. I can't imagine teenagers at 7:30. Hats off to you--mother, teacher and writer extraordinaire :)

Voidwalker said...

I tend to believe that God designed the foxes that way to thrive in their respective environments, BUT, I realize that's not the point. Sooooooo, yes, I like your post and I agree that we definitely need to be flexible and learn to adapt as writers.

P.S. You aren't writing at 5am anymore, but do you at least still sit on your dryer? lol

Steph Damore said...

Oh yeah, I still love the dryer :)