As a publisher, I see this every day. People making excuses for not writing.
“I’m very busy.”
“I have kids.”
“I have a full-time job and go to school.”
No, seriously. Stop. If you have time to post status updates, and catch up on DVR’ed shows and/or movies, you have time to write. I challenge you today to find out how many minutes you spend posting, typing statuses and how many words you’ve typed in the Facebook (or other social media) vortex.
Is that number over ten? You have time.
Are you watching at least one show a night? You have time to write.
Are you vegging out doing nothing for thirty minutes a night? You have time to write.
The real question is, “Is writing a priority to you?” That’s where you need to make up your mind. Writing takes hard work, dedication, and commitment. There’s no boss over your head most of the time making sure you’re not slacking off. You have to be in it, every spare moment that you have. If you can DVR a show and catch up with it at night or for a few hours on the weekend, you have time to commit, you just aren’t doing so.
If you sit down to write and someone can talk you out of it, you’re not committed to it. They don’t believe it’s a priority because you haven’t set the standard or the boundaries.
Writers that are serious about their craft do not allow interruptions. Friends and family will learn that it’s “Do Not Disturb” time and eventually, you will have time to write.
Recently, with my publishing company we held a meeting and discussed what our slogan for the month would be. We chose, “Are you all in?”
Well, are you?