┬áMy husband and I have just discovered the TV show Castle. If you’re more out of touch with popular culture than we are (unlikely) I should explain that it’s a TV crime show starring a best-selling mystery writer named Richard Castle. He has partnered with an attractive New York City detective named Kate Beckett to solve a large number of bizarre homicides.

Thanks to reruns on TNT and a DVR, we are watching all of the old shows at the rate of two a day. I am officially no longer a workaholic.

The shows are entertaining, well written, and well acted, and we both enjoy them immensely. There’s just one thing about the show that keeps nagging at me.

When does Castle get any writing done?

Murders don’t happen on a tidy 8-to-5 schedule. Castle is constantly taking calls from Kate Beckett and racing off to be one of the first to show up at a homicide.

When does he write? Heck – how does he get anything done?

I consider myself a serious and productive writer. Rare is the day when I don’t sit down at the computer to do a blog entry or tackle one of my current writing projects: a book about writing, appropriately enough; a book about code-enforcement reports I’m co-writing with another author; an article for the law-enforcement website that uses me as a staff writer; material for my twice-monthly newsletter.

Lately I have been struggling. In addition to my regular dance lessons and classes, I’ve been having lunch with friends, I took a short trip to New York last week, I’ve been invited to give a talk next week, and I have two consultant jobs to prepare for.

Not to worry: I’ve been on this planet long enough to know how to get things done. Next week’s presentation – about my book Gretel’s Story – has eaten up tons of time. But it’s finished, and I think it’s going to go over well.

As for the other projects – luckily I enjoy writing, and I love sitting at a computer keyboard. No kidding. I get up in the morning, eat breakfast, and head straight for my home office. Procrastination isn’t a problem, at least when it comes to writing.

But I’d still love to know how Rick Castle pulls it off.



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