I took the rest of May off from blogging with one goal in mind. Get more writing done! Can anyone guess how much writing I actually got done? Class, anyone? Anyone? Hardly any at all.
Why is it, I take a month off, and I still can't get any writing done? It's not like I don't want to write, I do. I'm just starting to think blogging is not the problem I have in writing. Neither is having a writer's block. I have the story I'm working on already mapped out. So why is it so hard to find time? Well, I'm not so sure that's the right question. I'm starting to think it's not making the time and sticking to the time I've mapped out. I have a hard time when a friend invites me over, or suggests we do something to tell them I've already got plan. If I tell my friends the reason is because I'm writing, I worry they will not understand I'm ditching them to do something personal. And not just something personal, but something (they think) I can just schedule any time. For the most part, I can't schedule any time. Most week nights are so full of things I need to do, I don't have much time to write. Weekends are better, but that's generally when I'm called upon to go out and do something. I need to get a better handle on this.
Goals and such:
Find test readers for my story.
So far I have one person expressing interest in my YA story. The next step is now to actually follow through. If anyone else is willing to be a test writer for a YA story, let me know how I can get a hold of you to do so. I will do all I can to return the favour.
I failed in this. Well, I didn't fail, but the reason for wanting to go blogger lite (get more writing done) was a failure.
Find a new writing schedule:
I need to find a non-negotiable time, earmarked for writing only.
The question isn't "what are we going to do," the question is "what aren't we going to do?" - Ferris Bueller
Questions to ponder:
Am I doing myself a disservice by not sticking to personal plans?
Have you ever scheduled time to write only to do something else because someone 'requested' you to do something 'fun'?
How do you handle those situations?
I have some family/friends who don't realize how important writing is to me and act as if I'm wasting my time. How can I show them I'm serious?
Signed, Willing Writer
(For fun, give your best Dear Abby response)
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