The Battle for Time
Do You Struggle to Find Time to Write?
Like everyone, time is precious to me. For years, I struggled to find time to write. Something always seemed to come before it. The job. Family. Keeping up with the to-do list. In 2009, I learned a secret. Which is really not a secret at all: if the writing’s important to you, you’ll find the time. An article I read suggested setting aside fifteen minutes a day. Fifteen minutes. Seems like too small an amount, doesn’t it? It’s not really. Not if it’s all you have. In that time, you can make progress that leads you toward getting that story down.
Fifteen Minutes Will Lead Toward More.
Take that fifteen minutes and expand it ever so slowly. Half-an-hour. An hour. Two. Make that time to enjoy something that makes you feel better, whole. Writing has such beneficial qualities to it. It helps me to manage my bipolar. Writing takes me out of my problems and into worlds where the characters are able to conquer theirs. This gives me hope that I can do the same. Writing is a joy. It makes a rainy day bright and sunny. When you watch your characters fall in love, build relationships, or move into a new home with possibilities, you find yourself whistling a tune, waiting for happiness to wrap around your own life. There have been times I’ve been so low, stories have picked me up, dusted me off, and pointed me on a new path.
Use the Time Change to Expand.
Now that Daylight Savings Time has come, perhaps you could use that time that you usually wake up to work on your stories. After all an hour earlier than you used to get up, could come in handy. Think of it a bit like time travel. You found that extra time you sought. Use it wisely. If you do, it’ll become a habit. And some habits can become rewarding. What better way to start your day than by bringing your stories to life for your reader? Have a great week, take care, and God bless!