Wednesday, Sep 16, 2009

Making Writing a Priority

Throughout my many years as a writer, I have heard every excuse in the book. One of the most common is “I don’t have time to write.” This excuse is not spoken exactly in those words. It usually sounds more like, “When my children are grown, I’ll write”, or “When I retire, I’ll write”, or “When (fill in the blanks) happens, I’ll write.” 

Every time I hear this excuse, I think, This person is not serious about writing.

You see, the truth is that we will devote our time to what is truly important to us. If writing is important to you, you will write. 

We do not “find” time to write; we “make” time to write.

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6 thoughts on “Making Writing a Priority

  1. Right on, Mary Ann. Life does have a way of creeping in, especially when a person babysits their grandchildren or if they have a special needs daughter … but I’m making serious efforts to carve out writing time. And I write in my head all the time, so when I do get time at the computer, I find I can get quite a bit done in a little time.

    I bought a big, ole desk calendar and am going to write in writing time – just like I schedule everything else – and keep to it.

    This is my job. I have to take it seriously … think of it as if I had a contract and deadline. I’d have to get it done then, right? Well, keeping to a schedule will help me practice for that glorious time. 🙂

    September 16, 2009 at 8:06 AM

    • I’m proud of you, Pam! You know, when I was taking care of my children, I did most of my writing in little spurts – ten minutes here, five minutes there. Rarely, if ever, did I have a large block of time. But boy did I get a lot written in those little spurts! 🙂

      Bless you, dear friend! 🙂

      September 16, 2009 at 8:43 AM

  2. Good Morning Everyone….

    I needed to hear this MaryAnn. I let too many distractions get in the way–e-mail being one of them. I do keep in touch with a lot of people and try to help as many as I can, especially writers, but I need to take more time to put my words on paper. I just received devotional assignments from two editors, but so far the words just aren’t coming. Don’t know about you, but I often find it difficult to write when given certain scriptures to write about rather than coming up with my own ideas. Today, I am setting a goal to write at least one devotion by the end of the week. I encourage all of you to write something too. Fran

    September 16, 2009 at 8:34 AM

  3. Thanks for the encouragement MaryAnn. I homeschool my children but they know that mommy has office hours and they have a choice during those times: leave me alone or rest on your bed. 🙂

    September 16, 2009 at 4:32 PM