(c) 2010 Photo by Carol Munro
This week’s topic in Marci Flinchum Atkin’s We’re All in This Together series on her blog: How do you make time to write?
It’s a two-parter again, and you can find it here on Saturday and here on Sunday. (The complete series is archived here.)
My contribution is included in Sunday’s post. Perhaps I didn’t precisely answer the question that was asked, because after writing my bit, I realized it doesn’t have all that much to do with having the time. Rather, it’s deciding you are going to do it and – well – doing it. No excuses.
If you want to write and can’t find the time, you don’t really want to write. Sorry, but be absolutely honest with yourself.
Oh, you do want to write. Okay, then, are you a list maker, one who loves to cross off completed tasks? Then put writing on your list, and be specific (i.e., write 1,000 words on the novel OR finish the short story I began last week). If you’re a fanatic about scheduling your life on a calendar (paper or electronic), book an appointment with yourself for an hour of writing. Whatever your style, when you schedule showers, work, chores, appointments, picking up the kids, date night, calling your mom, be sure to include time to write. If you don’t actively consider fitting it into your life, you’ll never have time for it.
What stops you from writing? Is it time? Or is it simply you?
Happy attitude adjustment hour. Now go write.