All we have to decide is what to do with the time given us." J.R.R. Toliken
I saw the quote above on someone's facebook page. It made me stop and ponder a bit. I
find an amazing number of interesting, thoughtful, and inspirational items on facebook. It's
not a waste of time, as some would have you believe. Like all things, you can choose how
much you want to look at or respond to. But back to the quote.
A few simple words, but look at the assignment it gives you. Not an easy one. The keyword
here is decide. I can't do it for you. Your spouse cannot decide for you, even though you
might like him/her to do so. Your friends can't do it because they know only surface parts of
you as a person.
You are given 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 52 weeks in a year. Will you fritter
them away with nonproductive activities? Or are you going to fill the hours, days and weeks
with something that will help you grow as a person, be of benefit to others, and also be
satisfying to you?
As writers, we have to make the same kind of decision. What are we going to do with the
amount of writing time we have? Are we going to fill it with nonsense? Are we
going to keep on writing the same kind of story over and over because it's working so why
step outside our comfort zone? Are we going to boldly step outside that comfort zone and
try something new? Are we going to use some of it to increase our knowledge of this craft?
Will we fill our specified writing time with actually writing something? Or will we clean up
the area around our computer, dust the keyboard or some other task to delay the writing
The statement above sounds so simple, but we know it is not an easy task. Still it's up to
you to choose the path you want to travel in your writing world. The road may not be as
smooth as you'd like. In fact, there might be some major detours along the way, but if
you stay on it, you're likely to meet some success now and then.
Decide what you want to do with the writing time given to you, or better put--the writing
time you make within your busy life. Toss in a bit of determination, and you're on your