“I wish I could write that, but I don’t have time.”
I can’t begin to count on my fingers how many times I hear this at book signings or when I’m conducting a writing workshop. How many times have we said these same words to ourselves? How many times have we raced somewhere in the car thinking that when the 24-hour day was invented, God didn’t have our schedules in mind? The fact is, it’s time to face a hard truth--we will always be busy in life. If it’s not one thing, it’s another—the house needs cleaning, the kids need attention, bills need to be paid, a friend/relative is sick, you need to go shopping, laundry needs folding, you need to get ready for a family cookout, the cat still doesn’t understand the concept of a litterbox, and the list goes on and on, but you get the general idea.
If you want to have success as a writer, you must make time. no matter how busy your week is, there will always be a little free time—several hours a week perhaps. And when it comes down to it, you may have to give up things that are important to you, like your favorite TV shows or poker night. Giving up a hobby to make time for writing isn’t easy, but it’s worth it. don’t forget—writing takes time, late nights and hard work. It means rewriting, revisions, brainstorming, interviews, networking, and tons of internet research.
Chances are, you have enough time to write, but you just don’t realize it. Make writing a priority, and you will see positive results.
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