Life is good. Really good.
I'm fully grown. I got kids and a grand baby. I'm debt free except for a house payment. I have a great job and a loving spouse. I love my church. I have cool hobbies and amazing friends. I live two miles from beautiful Lake Michigan—salt free and no sharks, baby. My life is full. So much so that last night, while I was getting my praise on at a concert, I completely forgot an important promise.
See, my partner in this Rad thing we do is busy too. And I said I'd blog today. So here I am, flying by the seat of my floral leggings to get her something profound, or at least worth reading, and cringing inside because I let my ever so busy life define me as everything but what my creator intended. I'm a writer, and writers by simple definition, write.
We adult, we worship, we pay bills, but writing is who we are.
We've all been there. Unless you're solvent selling books, you have other commitments. You're responsible and productive to the automatic detriment of your inner novelist. Deep inside, you carry this gnaw because you never have time. So here's my fix for you.
GET OVER IT.
We all get the same 24 hours, and what separates so many published authors from wannabe Tolkien types is the management of that bit of time. Sure. Binge watching Malcolm in the Middle and slamming down copious amounts of cheetos is fun, but multiply 22 minutes by 20 episodes by seven seasons and that's fifty-one hours you can't get back.
How far down your story's epic path could you have traveled in 51 hours?
Truth is—if your writing means something to you, you'll devote time to it. If it doesn't—you'll spend that free time chomping salty snacks and justifying your Netflix account.
So next time you come to the end of your busy day and you ache a little because you haven't written a thing lately, resist the remote. Grab your laptop or even a pen and paper, curl up comfy and spend twenty or thirty minutes on your writing project. You'll be amazed at the results.
And yup—your mindless binge addiction will still be available to you when you're done.
But perhaps those characters in your head will be more appealing.