" I skip social engagements, I skip sleep, I skip showers. If it is important, fit it in. No one has time to write." - Kiersten White on finding time to write.
I started this blog back in September 2011 with one goal in mind...stop dabbling in writing and make it a part of my daily life for the next 10 months. However, in order to stop dabbling in writing I had to give up some other things I loved dabbling in.
I had to see a decrease in my time spent noodling around on the guitar or ukulele. I used to take my uke with me to work every day and spend time playing it during naptime. But now, I strictly take my laptop. That is the time I get the most writing done.
I used to attend an open craft session every Monday evening sponsored by Etsy. Every week we would be taught a new craft (ie. making lip balm, working with clay, sewing, etc). I loved those nights! But alas, to focus on my writing I am now taking a Children's Writing class on Monday nights.
Bottomline, I LOVE to dabble! I love to spend countless hours learning new skills and being creative. But I challenged myself to focus mostly on writing for 10 months (the duration of a regular school year). I felt that I needed to set this goal in order to make writing a priority and a habit in my life.
I have to admit, it has worked. I feel more like a writer now than I ever did! And I am only 6 months into my 10 month challenge. Its a sacrifice...but one I am willing to make. After all, Malcolm Gladwell, author of The Tipping Point, Blink, and Outliers: The Story of Success figure that it takes ten thousand hours of practice to become an expert in almost anything. Well...I'm giving it 10 months...we'll see from there. :)
Writers Weigh In....is there anything you have had to sacrifice. "give up" or see a decrease in to focus on your writing career?