Building Your Writing Practice – Workout Wednesday
The tyranny of the urgent often seems to be a guiding force in my life. Especially in summer, there is always something pressing that needs doing right now: watering the wilting flower baskets, picking up prescriptions in town, pick up at the CSA, going to Farmers Market, mowing (or sometimes haying) the lawn, cleaning the chicken coup – the list seems endless.
My one, non-negotiable remains writing. I struggled, crawling into bed at night, exhausted, thinking, “I’m too tired to write. I’ll do it tomorrow.” When the sun came up, that to-do list emerged powerfully and ate away my time. One day I thought, “If I say I am a writer, if I say writing is my passion, then writing must be my priority or I am just lying to myself.” I made a list of the reasons I let other things stop me from writing.
- I don’t know what to write right now.
- I have too much to do.
- I can write later.
- I’m likely to “fail.” Since I will probably never be published, writing doesn’t matter.
- What if no one wants to read my writing?
Sound familiar? (See 5 Excuses Not to Write) Dear writer/friend, I bring this up because these excuses keep us from doing what we are meant to do – write.
I must schedule set times to write, making myself stick to those times unless an emergency or appointment absolutely cannot be helped ( See One Thing…). I treat writing like a job, so that valid excuses become harder to make. This sounds rather harsh and unromantic; for a time keeping that schedule was an act of sheer will. Now that I have been on this schedule for a while, it feels wrong to break it, wrong to not write, wrong to not practice my passionate, writing life.
Admittedly, summer can be a busier, and so, more difficult time to write. Maybe the solution is to be gentle with yourself this summer, especially if you don’t have a hard and fast habitual schedule for your writing practice. Start by setting aside enough time to write just one sentence while the coffee is brewing or a paragraph just before retiring for the night. That’s why this blog is called Stacking Stones: word upon word, line upon line, we stack stones, parts of stories, until they are complete.
Whether you can set aside a three-hour block or just a one-minute timer, write. Write now! Write every day. Build your practice. I am cheering you on! I believe you can do this! And I cannot wait to read your stories!
Start now. Write one sentence. Publish it in the reply section. I promise to read it. Great job!
Happy writing… ~T
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