I saw on a site that there are a lot of issues writers need to overcome. One of them was time. And lets be honest, almost everyone out there comments on the issue of how writers don’t have time. I want to tell you why they all say this: it’s true.

I work from eight to five if I’m lucky. Otherwise I have business dinners, early mornings to prepare for meetings, friends who want me to play board games, brothers who like playing video games, working out so I don’t die of cardiac arrest, dating (this doesn’t take a lot of time for me, but some are luckier in love), reading, and numerous other activities. Some of you are in sports. Others crochet. Perhaps you like putting more than ten minutes into cooking so it tastes like something.

At the end of the day, we don’t have time. JK Rowling wrote on napkins in a cafe when she could. Stephen King was a high school English teacher, writing manuscripts in his free time. If you know what it takes to teach, I have no clue how this man did it and remained married and employed. I wrote my first draft while teaching, but it was only capable due to a break up. My family kept saying they were worried about me because of how much I kept to myself. I was writing.

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The moral of the story is you don’t get to have time for the first book. You might not for the second, third, fourth, or any of them. Writing is sacrifice. You are pouring out your soul, and you either truly want to pour your soul out for all to fall in love with and rip to shreds, or you want to give into the desires of this world. That was a little over dramatic, but we are writers for a reason. However, it is true to a point. If you want to get that first book finished, you need to make sacrifices.

Prioritize what you want. If writing is what you want, make an hour or half hour for it each night, whether you’re writing, plotting, planning, creating in some facet, you need to give yourself that time. So this is a short motivational kick in the pants. If you want to write, you need to give it your time. It will be frustrating, like working out. It will be exhausting, like having a child (I exaggerate again). It will wear you down and chew you up. But you love it. That’s why you do it. And if you can’t give it this time, then you don’t love it yet. But don’t worry. Writing isn’t just a fling. It’s a committed relationship. The love can come with time.

Write well. I hope your NaNoWriMo is going well. I should be at 40,000 words by the time this publishes (or 42,000 if I’m really on pace for what I’m hoping). I haven’t won NaNo for the first three years in it. Now I’m in love. You can be too.

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7 thoughts on “Time is(n’t) on your side

  1. Ah… I was just talking about this last night. I’d like to start something new but I look at my life and I can’t find any pockets of time– but I know that can’t be entirely true. This was a good refresher… especially when you bring in the big names of people who’ve “made it.” I’m not so desperate that I have to write on napkins in cafes. Just yet. Time to keep on keepin’ on…

  2. ‘you either truly want to pour your soul out for all to fall in love with and rip to shreds, or you want to give into the desires of this world. ‘
    This was just what i needed to hear so thank you:) I hit a bit of a slump after finishing my novel for NaNo and starting on a few short stories. Hope you hit that 42,000 πŸ™‚

      1. Its good to not let the writing take over everything. My main socializing was going to write-ins, it was great to meet over writers πŸ™‚ sunday will be nice ahead of time well done!

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