Do you have a long commute to work? An hour of peace once the kids have gone to bed? A lunch break perhaps? No matter how busy you are, you can always find time for what you love.
As J.K. Rowling said, you’ve got to fiercely defend your writing time and that’s exactly what I’ve been doing lately. Even if you just snatch a minute here and there, making notes on your phone or scribbling in a notepad, you will make progress before you know it! Every word adds up and if you stick at it, you will reach the finish line eventually! This way of thinking applies to any hobby or passion.
Many people despair about not having enough time to do what they love. Until recently, I have been skimping dramatically on my writing time. In fact, I wasn’t even showing up at the keyboard, so how on earth could I expect anything to happen? You’ve got to open up the space for your creativity to flourish.
Keep on creating, folks! Even if you’re going at a snail’s pace, each little bit of progress is better than none. This week, I’ve been taking my phone into work with me, typing away on my commute and whenever I have a spare moment, my imagination bubbling in the background, living and breathing once more.
Keep on pushing forward, enjoy the journey and have good fun with it. And don’t forget to have well-earned pit-stops along the way! If you whip your horse too hard, it will collapse with exhaustion, so go at a pace that is comfortable for you. “Without haste, but without rest,” Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe said.
Good luck, fellow creators!
Being a writer is a long-term commitment.
If you’re not patient, then you will get frustrated that things aren’t developing faster or even beat yourself up for not going fast enough! We writers can be tough on ourselves, right? But you’ve just got to relax and enjoy the process.
We can only ever take one step at a time, so try not to worry about what lies ahead. Focus on the task at hand and fully immerse yourself in it! If you follow your plan of action accordingly, then you will get to where you want to be in due course. Being impatient just causes lots of unnecessary suffering and stress.
Forgive me, for I’m about to quote a Miley Cyrus song (back from the days when she was a Disney gal), but here’s what she said about patience: “Ain’t about how fast you get there, ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side.. it’s the climb!”
This just clarifies what I said about enjoying the process. It’s all about the climb; it’s all about your journey from A to B. Rather than focusing on the end goal and becoming impatient, just focus on putting one foot in front of the other (doing one small task at a time) and get to the top of that mountain! Everyone seems to be in a rush these days, but speed isn’t everything… so sloooooooow riiiiiiiiiight down and revel in every step of your amaaaaaaazing journey.
Being more patient will definitely benefit you as a writer. Writing a book isn’t something that happens overnight, so you’ve got to be prepared for that. And if you’re more patient, then you’re less likely to cut corners, which will increase the quality of your work. It doesn’t matter how long it takes to write your book… what truly matters is that you’re willing to stick with it from beginning to end.
Sometimes, life can get in the way of your passions.
The last time I did any story-writing was back in February when I finished my second book, which saddens me slightly. But I have resolved that there’s nothing stopping me from writing little tidbits or small stories to keep the passion alive. In fact, I think that a little bit of daily writing would help to get the cogs turning and sharpen my focus when getting on with other tasks.
At the moment, I’m setting up a business, which is highly time-consuming! But thankfully, it’s a creative business that still allows me to come up with characters and plot-lines, so it’s not all bad! And the whole reason that I’m doing it is to create an income to give myself more time to write stories!
Sometimes though, I just yearn to pick up the pen and return to my true love. But I realise that I must be patient and persist with the task at hand… only then can I achieve true freedom to write stories whenever I desire.
Last week, I felt that it was the right time to return to my book. So that is exactly what I did.
For the past month or so, I’ve been setting up a business, which is still in production, but I simply can’t keep away from my book any longer. I got a calling from deep within my soul and I just KNEW it was the right time to carry on. This will probably delay the launch of my business slightly, but hey, it’ll get done at some point. That’s the problem with long-term ventures.. it can take a while to see the results!
Nevertheless, I am confident that I can see everything through to completion. Now that I’m back to polishing my book, it’s like I’ve never been away. And, if I may say so, the revised prose is looking mighty fine! Taking a break has definitely given me fresh eyes and I can now quite effectively cut out the crap. Thankfully, there isn’t much crap to cut out, just minor tweaks and such.
Before long, I should be sending out the completed second draft to friends and family to see what they make of it. Hopefully, (fingers and toes crossed) they will enjoy it! So far, only three people have seen it, and they have given me good feedback, so I am pretty confident that it will go down well with others. I can’t wait to get it out there to a wider circle of people!
This week, I fell in love again. Here’s what happened:
I booked a week off work with the intention to go on holiday, but it turns out I couldn’t afford it. So instead, I used the free time to plough on with my story, which was excellent, because I needed a good rocket boost. Lately, my progress has been dwindling, and I dare say that I’ve been losing passion for the project, which I suppose is bound to happen with something so large and time-consuming; but this week, I seem to have overcome those mental barriers and worked on my book with renewed vigour. Quite frankly, I’ve fallen in love with it again.
I’ve been at it since November, so there was bound to be peaks and troughs in my progress. However, I am proud that I have continued to move forward, regardless of what’s been going on in my life. I’ve stayed true to my goal and the finish line will inevitably arrive, though I’m not too concerned as to when. After all, there’s no deadline; the book will be finished in its own time. Hopefully, the first draft will be ready in a few months, but hey, who knows for certain.
So what now? What happens when I return to my job tomorrow? Will my progress be impeded once more? After all, a job is time-consuming and thought-pervading. Isn’t it bound to hinder my progress?
Yes, quite possibly. Though I sense that my passion burns deep. It is the sort of feverish enthusiasm that “calls” me to the keyboard, like an itch that needs to be satisfied. It is similar to what I felt in the early days, when things were more fresh and exciting. When you are possessed with a desire like that, you find the time to write, whenever possible.