Sunday, 3 February 2013

Timing is Everything

Timing is Everything
From One Writer to Another

In the writing/publishing world, like life in general, timing is everything. Unfortunately, in most instances, we don't have much control over the element of time. Let's take a look at a couple of the ways timing is important in the publishing world. 

1. Timing in writing: Pacing is a major factor in any and all writing, whether fiction or nonfiction.In fiction though, the entire plot depends on the concept of time - to keep the reading suspenseful one needs to reveal information at a calculated time, to increase tension a writer needs to create conflict which many times includes issues with time, and the climax has to occur at a precise moment. 

2. Timing in landing an agent/editor: Anyone who's written a novel or roughed it in the query trenches knows the saying, "It only takes one yes." And it does. But think about all those rejections we get. There are many times a writer gets a no not because of poor writing, but because of bad timing. Maybe that agent or editor all ready has something similar on their list, maybe the manuscript isn't marketable at that time, maybe...You get my point. It's timing.

3. Time you spend on craft: As writers we spend countless hours thinking, preparing (researching, making outlines, making playlists, whatever), writing, editing, revisions, learning, reading. And we all know, the more time we spend doing these things, the better writer we'll become.

4. Time you spend making connections: If you're a writer, you've heard of building a platform, making sure you have a web presence. So we put time into blogs, facebook pages, tweeting, going to writing conferences and time connecting to readers, in an effort to build relationships, to get our name out there. This is not just time consuming.

5. The time you spend dreaming: I really hope you all do this, whatever your goals are. Dreams can motivate you, propel you forward, give you hope. Dreams inspire. This is time well spent.

As writers (or anything we dedicate ourselves to), we often work against the clock. We cram writing in whenever we can, working it in between day jobs and life. We rush here and bust ass to get there, all in a race against time to accomplish EVERYTHING. And let's not forget about looming deadlines. There's never enough time.

Time, or the lack there of, can send us all in tailspin. It's get a pretty bad rap. So, today...let's turn it around. Let's celebrate time and how important it is to us on so many levels. Here's a fun playlist of tracks that have to do with time in some way or another. And some great music videos, too.

Time is On My Side - The Rolling Stones
Times Like These - Foo Fighters 
Time to Pretend - MGMT
Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) - Green Day
Time - Hootie and The Blowfish
Good Time - Owl City & Carly Rae Jepson (Don't judge, my kids like it.)

Check out this acoustic version of It's Time by Imagine Dragons

And, as the lyrics by Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol say, 
"This is your life, this is your TIME."
These are words to remember. 
Go do something you've always wanted to do. 
Cast fear aside, seize the day,and make your dreams come true. 
This is your life. This is your time!
Cheerleader out, yo!  

If you haven't watched this video before, you really should indulge. It's funny. 
(Why yes. I do have a not so secret obsession crush on Gary Lightbody.)

Have any tracks you recommend that involve the element of time?
Why do they rock your world?


  1. *sings* "I...had...the TIME of my life!" You can go with the original from the Dirty Dancing soundtrack or the remake by Black Eyed Peas. Either way, having a good time is essential to writing. If you don't love it, don't do it!

  2. Well said, Becky! SO well said. You have to have a good time while writing, otherwise...why do it?! Thanks for stopping by! : )

  3. Cooler answer: "Does Anyone Really Know What Time It Is", Chicago.

    The song I immediately thought of when the question was posed? the album T.I.M.E. by Leaders of the New School, in particular the song "Quarter To Cutthroat". Such distinct style and vibe from a time when there was still artistic demands on hip-hop artists. And the Jamacian toast section is so perfect..

  4. "Time After Time" by Cindi Lauper always gets my muse humming! Great post, Tonya.

  5. Okay, Pirate George. I'm going to check out Leaders of the New School - it sounds fun. Beth, I still love Cindi. Nice pick! Thanks so much for commenting, guys!

  6. Completely agree. Also a Cyndi fan, here. And "Heartbeats" is a favorite track of mine to settle the nerves and get the words flowing in time with life.