"How do you find the time?" he asked, after admitting that time had been his greatest barrier.
I thought about sugarcoating my answer, but what good would that do him? So I told him the truth: if you really want to write a novel you have to suck it up and make the time. Period. Which means something in your life has to change.
We've all set goals we've failed to achieve (New Years resolutions anyone?) But I'm willing to bet that nine times out of ten, the reason we fail is because we didn't change anything about our current lives to better enable success.
Think about it: let's suppose you decide you want to run a marathon. You currently allot one hour every day for exercise. If you ever want to achieve your goal, then you're going to have to make more time to run, otherwise, simply put, you're going to fail. (Unless you're a scientific anomaly and can run a 2.3 minute mile.)
The same is true of writing. If you don't have time in your current schedule to write, then you have to give something up to make time for it. That may manifest itself in less sleep, less TV time, or even less time with friends and family, but it's a simple truth. Otherwise you are setting yourself up for failure, and that's not fair to anyone.
Truth be told this post is just as much for me as for all of you. Since the holidays I've fallen off the writing bandwagon. I want to say it's because I brought this guy home to live with me:
|Meet Elvis Presley, The World's Cutest Dog|
|How Can You Write When I'm Sitting Here Looking All Cute??|
But really, it's because the time I'd previously carved out to write has been occupied with other things. Which means I need to reassess my schedule and give up something to accommodate my writing. Otherwise I'm setting myself up to fail, and I love this new story to much to let that happen.
How do you make time in your busy day to write?