I think I can… I think I can…

25 01 2010

I’m at a point in my life where I have so much going on in my non-writing life, I have to keep putting writing on the back burner. It’s not because I want to. It’s not (only) a procrastination device. I really can’t make writing my one priority, no matter how much I want to. That will change in a few years, but until then, I feel like I’m locked in a cycle of writing—not writing—writing—not writing. And the not writing periods tend to grow.

I’ve declared that 2010 will be different, that this year I’ll make time for writing no matter what.  While it can’t be priority number one, it can be a priority. I’m working to ensure I don’t let writing fall by the wayside. I’ve taken on more responsibilities with my writing groups, promised to maintain a critique partnership, set goals… And even though it’s only a month into the new year, so far so good.

I don’t want my writing to feel like a job, but if I want it to eventually be a career, I have to work at it. So even when I’m exhausted, even when I just want to veg out in front of the tv, even when I just want to get more than four or five hours of sleep in a night, I have to do something writing related. It might just be a little thing—a quick read through for a critique, writing 100 words, reading over something I’ve already written, doing a little work on RWA chapter stuff, etc. etc.—but it will be something.

Little steps to big results. I think I can, I think I can…

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2 responses

25 01 2010
uninvoked

Please do. Writing is such an important part of life, and it can bring so much happiness.

25 01 2010
Estelle

You’re right…it’s important to my sanity, LOL. Thanks for commenting!

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