Friday, December 17, 2010

Making Time

How often have you said "I don't have time to _______." Fill in the blank for yourself. Anyone who writes is going to use write the blank. This month, those of us preparing for Christmas could put that in capital letters. The  shopping, wrapping, decorating, baking, partying, cards all demand our attention during December.

Besides that, the laundry still calls to us, meals need to be cooked, groceries bought, tables dusted occasionally, All the routine things need to be fitted in around the holiday chores and pleasures. So where does that leave our writing?

Sounds like it may be pretty much put out in the closest snowbank and left there.Time is precious, more so this month. But it's the old story. You can make  time to write. Somehow, we always seem to find, or make, time for the things we like to do. Don't shake your head. You know it's true. It's quite easy to use time as an excuse for the things we don't enjoy doing.

Maybe you need to ask yourself how much you enjoy writing. If it's a real chore, it will be easy to claim the 'no time' excuse. But, if you love to write, you'll find those extra minutes in the day. Nothing says you have to be at your computer to write. You can write in your head while you fold laundry or fill the dishwasher. Of course, you'll want to write down keywords or phrases so you don't lose those little gems. You can get up a little bit earlier than usual and write, or you can stay up a tad later and write. You can write with a pad and pen while waiting in the dentist's office.

You can find time to write if you truly want to and if you're a little bit creative. If it isn't going to happen this month, make it happen in January for sure.

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