This tightrope walk is how I feel most days. I’m trying to keep my career, my home life, my family life, my writing life in balance.
Are you envious of that sort of fluid life-writing experience that selling writers talk about? Do you wonder how you can weave writing or more writing into the moments of your day?
But for the most part, the thing of it is, you just have to do it. And that’s way easier to say than do.
First, figure out which days and for how long you can write. If it’s going to be one hour a day, if it’s going to be only two hours a week you can write.
Then, whatever time you can take to write, you do it religiously.
It doesn’t matter what time of day you write, as long as you mean it, and you stick to it. Make your routine rigorous – not hard – just rigorous. What I mean by this is that you train yourself to lock in and do it. If you miss your writing session, get right back on the horse at the next writing session time.
Here’s why: You must sit down and write. You can fix a page that has words on it. You can’t edit ideas.
Everyone’s life is busy. So, because of how life is, there will times when you just have to do things and you don’t have time to write. One on hand, it’s incredibly important than you be loyal to yourself and make your writing time happen. But on the other hand, don’t beat yourself if something interferes. Things are going to happen that you can’t foresee. As soon as you can, just get back to your writing.
Do. Not. Beat. Yourself. Up.
Be disciplined about your writing, because writing is what you want to do; but when life gets in the way be forgiving to because that’s what you need to do.