Yesterday was a very productive day, not only in the Djen world, but also with my friend, Jodi's manuscript. Without even realizing it, Jodi brought up an issue that effects a lot of new writers, trying to come up with time to write.
When you have a busy life, writing tends to get put on the back burner. Suddenly you have a deadline for your critique group so you try to get in some writing and, without a clear head, (because your mind is on a million other things) you send it on in hopes that it will not get too many markups. And of course, that's not the case.
Sometimes trying to write on a busy schedule seems down right impossible, but the last thing you want to do is not write. You love writing and can't wait for the opportunity for some quiet time, but it never seems to happen. This is when putting aside certain hours of certain days is paramount.
We humans get caught up in day to day life and forget to set aside time for ourselves. To do the things we like to do. Whether it's reading, walking, taking a hot bath, whatever it is that we enjoy. Unfortunately, that includes writing. True, it is a joy for us, but it is also a necessity, if you are a writer.
Just like a painter or musician takes time, so should you, especially if your goal is to write a book.
She and I devised a plan for her to have that time to write, and without unneeded pressure. Jodi figured out when she could set aside a few hours on certain days and now she won't have to feel like she needs to squeeze in a whole chapter to send me. I told her if she only gets a few pages done, so be it. If, for some reason she has nothing for me on the week she's coming over, well, we cancel and reschedule.
But if she finds she wrote extra pages we can always plan extra days to work on those, no pressure. Life's to short to not enjoy your love of writing.
There's been plenty of times where my critique partner's don't have a chapter and we just work on who did have one. You should never feel hurried when your new at something and are learning the skills to be successful.
Creative writing skills can be tough to master and until the new writer gets it, they need space. Take the time to allow yourself to learn what you need to learn. Before you know it, it will become second nature.
Are there any of you that are new to writing? I would love to hear your thoughts and know what obstacles you've come across. Drop me a line and we can surely talk about ways to help you.
Until then, have a great weekend! Take care, Lisa