I am joining a group of writers who are linking-up twice a week for the next month to discuss some of the foundational ideas in writing. The topics for this link-up come from the book On Being a Writer by Ann Kroeker and Charity Singleton Craig. This link-up is being hosted by Kate Motaung on her blog entitled Heading Home.
In order for me to pursue writing as an individual I needed to arrange a place and a time that I could devote to writing. As a busy woman who juggled the responsibilities of a full time job and motherhood this would prove to be one of the biggest obstacles for me and my writing. However, I quickly came to the realization that we all make time for the things we love in life. If I was going to pursue writing as my personal endeavor it was going to mean making some sacrifices, but in the end I would have the fulfillment of achieving some of my personal goals and dreams. I began to set aside an hour every day for writing. Sometimes that time would be spent on blog posts and other times I would work on some of my creative writing projects. But getting into the habit of daily writing was one of the biggest struggles. It is easy to make excuses about why we cannot do something, but in the end if it is something we care about we will intentionally rearrange our schedule because our desire to complete that activity is great.
Currently, I do most of my writing on the living room couch either while my daughter is still sleeping or when she has just woken up and is eating breakfast. I would love to have a space a little more conducive for writing, but for now I’ll take my minutes of writing however I can get them. I do have an established schedule of Saturday mornings setting aside two hours outside of the home to make some progress on a novel I am working on. That time is not for blogging or other writings. It is solely devoted to novel writing. I like that habit and priority. I am so glad that I finally blocked out that time in my schedule and have been making that happen.
In order to make progress in our writing we must ARRANGE for it!