The tasks in a writer’s life are akin to the ebb and flow of waves that lap along the shoreline. No matter how many are checked off the list, there’s always another heading in. Sometimes, like a boat caught in those waves, a writer can become overwhelmed. A few years ago I was tackling a full time job and a writing career, and I dreamed of the day I could retire from my day job to focus only on writing. I would have time to write the million stories dancing through my head.
Well, that day has come and gone and I still find myself searching for more hours in the day to get everything done. Most days, I cannot fathom how I managed to do it all with a fifty-hour work week as a school administrator. But somehow I managed…and I wrote a good deal of those million books because telling the stories was important to me, and I knew the biggest secret to getting that writing done.
So, what is this secret? Well, the biggest secret to writing successfully is so simple that it’s almost painful. You must simply plant yourself in a seat and write. And then write some more. And continue writing, even when you don’t feel like it. You must write while the laundry is drying, the kids take a nap, and your friends have gone to dinner and a movie. The more you write, the better a writer you will become. It takes time and patience to learn the craft. There’s no magic fairy dust, nor elves that come out at night to finish what you began (though sometimes I wish this was so).
My favorite time of day is early morning…the pre-dawn time when everyone else is sleeping. That’s the closest thing I have found to any sort of writing magic, because the world is still and quiet and it almost feels as if I’ve found those extra hours I’ve been searching for. It’s then the creativity burns brightest. I would suggest trying this, even if you are not a morning person. You may very well be surprised by the outcome.
Just don’t message me to let me know until after lunch. ;-)
Thanks for joining me today. What inspires you? I’d love to hear from you!
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