I can think of a billion reasons why I have not sold a novel or taken over the literary world. Is it because I am bad? Lazy? I don’t think so. It’s because I constantly throw stupid hurdles in my path just like you.
They’re called excuses.
- I’m too tired.
- The yard needs raking.
- I don’t have a good idea yet.
- I’m waiting for inspiration to strike!
- I have to do laundry.
- I can never been like xyz writer. So why bother?
- I’m bad at grammar.
- I’m not smart enough.
- My novel is terrible.
- I just don’t have enough/adequate time
- I’m waiting for that amazing idea.
I believe, if we are honest, we are the ones permitting ourselves to stop pursing our dreams. Whether you want to be a novelist or news anchor, it’s so much easier making excuses or finding other things to do.
But if it is the thing we love, the thing we long for and maybe even hold deep inside because we are too worried about what people will think or say if we uttered it aloud, we must stop this excuse business. Stop it now.
It’s up to you my friend. Are you going to keep making excuses or go and get the life you want?
Me? I’m going to publish books.
If you’ve thought of taking writing up, or are currently writing a blog, novel, short story, etc., you probably find yourself in a constant battle of time management. How do you keep writing when you have a lot of important responsibilities? Simple. You spend time doing it.
You might not watch as much TV or mow the lawn when it looks particularly long, but you MUST invest in your dream. That is the most important thing you can do.
If you are a parent or married/dating, make sure your significant other know that this is the real deal. Discuss it. This person most likely loves you unendingly and will encourage you. Why? Because it makes you a better person to be committed and passionate about something.
Who knows, you might even be surprised at how much they want to be involved. Clearly define the amount of time you expect will be given to your project, but do so together. Your spouse might want a night out with the guys or girls anyway creating a two hour window to write.
There is something that I’ve come to understand as a busy writer. Time does not come in three or four hour segments. It comes in a miraculous hour or thirty minutes that you didn’t expect and you’d better be prepared to take advantage of it. This means you need to be working your writing muscles regularly.
Often times I write at lunch and before bed. I spend one night each week with the Weaklings doing it. That’s it besides the occasional weekend afternoon. My guess is that I spent 5-8 hours per week on my novel but I am ready whenever a sliver of time presents itself.
Use your time well and write my friend.