Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Carving Out Time

Because what's better than a fun quote?
From Quotefancy
Well, somehow it's the middle of January. 

And I haven't finished much of the writing that I would have liked to complete. My WIP document stares at me, begging to be edited, while a new journal full of editing notes threatens to overwhelm me with the amount of work that needs to be done. 

My written out writing goals seem foolish now. A hundred other things clamor my attention. 

Next to my writing notebook is my school notebook with case reports that need written. Adjacent to my Kindle with my WIP is a textbook that I need to review for my professional licensing exam. The floor underneath my writing desk needs swept, my dog at my side needs to go outside, my stomach demands dinner, a friend wants to hang out, my conscience tells me I should exercise...

And suddenly the thought of writing--of editing--fills me with dread. Why did I decide to write? What good is it going to do me? Where am I going to find the time? I haven't in the past two weeks--I should probably give up now. 

But the thought of writing, of getting the story right, urges me onward. 

I'm not quite sure where this writing adventure is taking me, but it's taking me somewhere. I'm determined to follow it, to write it out. 

I might not be writing every day like I had planned on December 31st. I might not even make progress quickly. But I'm determined that I will make some progress, that I will write, and that I will carve out the time that I need to make that happen. 

Do you struggle to have time for your writing? How do you make writing a priority?


  1. AMEN! Brilliant post, RM. Best of luck for getting some editing done, I believe in you.

    1. Thanks! I've been taking the time to do one scene a day. I've really been trying to remind myself that it's not necessary to micro-edit RIGHT NOW, like my inner editor wants to do. Rather, I need to focus on making changes for the macroedit first, then come back and microedit (which will be much more time consuming).

      Thanks for the comment and the encouragement!


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