Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Making Time To Write

Take your writing one day at a time...

Monday I wrote about making specific goals for your writing project. Today I’d like to spend some time thinking about, well, time.

Remember that while the new year feels like a fresh start, it is also a continuation of the work you’ve been doing throughout the years. Maybe you’re writing a new manuscript, developing an idea, editing and revising something already written, submitting a polished piece or sharing the news about a recent publication. You’ve only come this far by carving out the time to work on these aspects of your writing project.  

The best way to accomplish something is to not only set the large goals, but the smaller steps that you’ll need to take to get there. Think about the time you have every day or week or month to dedicate to your project and then set that time aside. Literally block it off in your calendar as writing time.

It can be difficult to “justify” your writing (or reading or revising or submitting) time to yourself or others. It is easy to get distracted by other commitments. Move against that trend this year. Believe in yourself and honor your writing. Make the time, set goals and work towards meeting them, one step at a time.

As the plaque on my great Aunt Dora’s wall used to remind us when we visited, “One day at a time.”

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