When I don’t have time to write.
So, we all have a life. Me included! I have 4 kids, a husband who travels a lot and a job. I’ve got more than my share of reasonable excuses not to write today. The reality is though I have to weigh how much this really means to me. Am I serious about my writing or not?
I’ve been writing stories since I would pick up a pencil. My mom still has a handful of my old stuff, generally stuff about my life at the time, but still she kept it. I’ve been obsessed with the worlds I can create, the fantasies I can bring to life, and the adventures I can take people on. I know I am not alone. Time and time again, I read about other authors who have the same life experiences. But, you know what? Even if you didn’t, you can still be a writer.
Being a writer is about the passion and commitment you take in your craft. I often explain to my husband that I consider my writing an art. Of course it sounds corny, but I don’t care! I am an artist with my words. I can’t write poetry at all, but I can pound out ideas and characters that jump off the page.
Am I any different than you? No! Don’t try to tell yourself that if you aren’t born a writer, than you will never be able to do it. What do parents tell their kids all the time? You can do anything you put your mind too. The same is true with writing. If you want to do it, make the time for it!
I have a friend who works a full time job, that often goes WAY over the idea of “full time”, married with a couple of kids, who still makes the time to write. Getting up before you have to wake the rest of the house up, or even staying up after everyone has gone to sleep. It’s about making the time for something you love.
At first this is going to be a challenge. Everyone has that point where you say you’d rather be doing something else. I mean, face it, writing professionally is not a cakewalk. Okay, for most of us it isn’t a cakewalk. I’m not talking about those first novel success stories where the writer gets to ride the coattail of their one masterpiece for the rest of their lives. Although, I know we all thrive to be free to do whatever we want, write what ever we want, and not have to answer to anyone. But, I digress…
For the rest of us, writing takes work. Setting up a schedule, making a special area, finding an accountability partner, it takes work! You need to sit down and find out how much writing means to you, are you willing to make the sacrifice, be it the extra 20 minutes of sleep in the morning, the less Facebook time, one less tweet. If you want to be heard, you need to speak.