Just like me, you have probably heard someone say, “I have a book I could write. I just don’t have time to write it.” This is the most frequent response from people when I share my status as an author. Just for a minute, let’s think about having no obstacles in the way that would prevent you from doing something you want to do. It doesn’t have to be writing. It could be starting a
business, creating a garden, or becoming an artist. Whatever you choose to do, it requires a decision. That decision is probably why some things are called hobbies. When I first made the decision to write, I didn’t have a plan thought out as to how it would work with my life. I just thought that I would take some time to write some days. I have learned more about how the discipline of writing works since then, especially since I don’t consider it a hobby. If you want to write seriously, I put together a few points you may find helpful to get you started.
Address the Fantasy
Have you ever thought about writing and pictured yourself sitting next to the ocean right outside your beach house? What about nestled in your little cute writing cottage hidden in a flower garden? It’s perfectly okay to think like that. It gives something to strive for. The reality of writing seriously has nothing to do with the setting in which you write. Sure, it’s nice and all, but content and putting in the time are more important. The truth is, writing is work. You have to brainstorm and put together your ideas to formulate a story, a book, or an article. Writing can take place anywhere for a serious writer, because in their mind it must be done. They prepare for work by writing out outlines and doing research. Let’s not forget about writing even when you aren’t paid to do it. You labor in love because of the belief you have in the gift you possess.
Plan Time to Write
Not having enough time seems to be the excuse most used when it comes to writing. I will admit it, life can be busy. But, what does that have to do with writing if you want to write? Taking time
to fit writing into your daily routine is the first sign of commitment. Next, you must write. Planning means you acknowledge that writing is important to you, and that you need to take time to feed that need. There are times when you have more time to give to writing than others. Sometimes, I write on my phone while waiting for an oil change on my car. There are other times I will write while riding my stationary bike. I find other creative ways to squeeze in some time when I have to. Whether you give 30 minutes or 60 minutes a day, the point is to write. Consistency is the key. Your consistency will reward you at some point with a product from your labor.
Enjoy the Process
I don’t know if I can say this enough. Enjoy Yourself! Writing for me is something I will do for as long as I can. If you don’t feel that way about what you chose to do, take some time to discover what you are happy doing. Though I enjoy writing, there is a process to sharing my work. Sometimes, I’m tempted to feel disappointed when readers are not lined up waiting eagerly for the words I have just written. They must know the time and work I put in, right? Let me share with you the encouragement I give myself at those moments. Doing what you love is one of the best things you can gift yourself. The process of sharing your gift with the world and perfecting that gift for greater things is a major endeavor. Think of it all as learning and appreciate the tips and insight you get along the way. Entertaining disappointment might invite the notion that your work somehow didn’t measure up for someone’s taste. Enjoy every bit of the process!
I say this to whoever will listen. Do what you love now. Years from now, you will be glad you did. There are times when you have to do a balancing act, but that is part of the process as you strive to perfect your gift. Happy Writing!