We make time for the things that are important to us.
I’m writing for the first time in my new office. Boxes are stacked almost floor to ceiling against one wall, and I have no plans for unpacking them anytime soon. Actually, I have no place to unpack them, even if I were so inclined. I need shelves, I need a desk, I need file cabinets … and the truth is, I don’t NEED any of those things, I WANT them. I want to create a Write Space, but putting off writing until that is accomplished is both self-defeating and unnecessary.
Have laptop, will write! Only the reality of that is “have laptop, COULD write”. But I haven’t.
So, if the first statement is true – we make time for the things that are important to us – what does that say about the importance I place on writing? That it is not important to me? And yet, I want to write and I want to publish books. So why am I not doing it?
I moved this month and that has been hectic and time-consuming. But the truth is, I’ve been telling myself LIES! “I’ll start again as soon as I get settled in,” I said. “I need to get my house unpacked; I need to get the old house ready to list for sale; I need to get my office Write Space organized”…the list is endless. All of these things are true, and yet they are also lies!
How can the truth also be a lie? When I tell myself, I don’t have time to write because “insert any of the above” – it is a lie. I don’t have time to write, because I don’t MAKE TIME to write. This blog and the challenges associated with it are the tools I have put in place to hold myself accountable. If I don’t start writing, I’m going to get a second bucket of ice dumped on my head. Well, at least this time it will be in August, not freezing February.
There is no right time – there is only now.
Terri Richison (writing as Terri Rich) lives in Clear Lake City, TX with her husband and a giant Great Dane (giant even by Great Dane standards). She is working on self-publishing women’s fiction and avoiding getting a pie in the face if she doesn’t produce pages for every critique session! PIES OR PAGES! Terri started telling stories almost as soon as she could talk – she learned everything she needed to know about storytelling at her grandmother’s knee. Craft however, is something she is still learning – those damn commas give me nightmares!