All professional writers I have read or spoken with have a specific time to write. They treat writing like it is a job because, well, it can be work. Sometimes it flows easily; other times we find ourselves looking at a blank page or a blinking cursor. A palpable panic can lock up our writing if this goes on for too long. (Tools for writer’s block appears in another post…)
When would be a good time for you to write? A time when there are few, preferably no, distractions. If you are serious about writing, not as a hobby but as a career, you must find this time.
In Mary Oliver’s A Poetry Handbook (Mariner Books, 1994), she speaks of writing as an appointment you keep, the way you meet a lover. You must give writing the respect and attention it deserves. If you don’t, the passion will fade.
What time works best for you to write? When are there limited distractions? What time is a time you can guard? When will you write?
Now that you have identified a set time to devote to your writing practice, perhaps it would be good to set a goal. If you choose 300 words a day as your goal, you would have 1,500 words written weekly. What a great start on your book! Not writing a book, but an essay? Still set the time and a goal. There is research to be done, thoughts to think, blank stares at the wall or out the window.
It’s important! It’s your passion!
Do you need an accountability partner? Ask for one in the comments. Connect with a writer friend and go through these exercises together and hold each other accountable – maybe even meet once a week or once a month to talk about your project(s) and progress.
Let me know with a quick comment what works for you!
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