Shh, come close. Closer. I have a confession to make. I haven’t written anything on my WIP in two weeks. I heard your shocked gasp, Blogging Friends. Now mind you, I’ve done a lot of writing in those two weeks. I’ve read about writing. I finished Write Great Fiction: Plot and Structure by James Scott Bell, which was awesome and has me itching to put into practice what I’ve learned. I’ve been blogging about writing. I’ve been doing writing prompts and exercises. Just nothing related to my book. Why? Because when I am finished with the above listed activities, the time has come and gone. I feel like a failure. I see so many bloggers who have it together.
Why can’t I fit in blogging, writing practice, journaling and working on the book with all my other daily responsibilities? I should be able to do all that and bake cookies, give blood and help old ladies cross the street as well, right? Where is the balance?
I enjoy blogging, reading blogs and interacting with other writers. I discover new knowledge every day. My priority needs to be learning how to write the best book I can and doing it. I’m enjoying this blogging journey and as it helps me build self-discipline I need it to reflect in my writing product. There are a lot of accountability groups for writing, but what I need is accountability for balance. Can I get an amen out there?
Therefore I’m going to do a little blog housekeeping to give me the margin to write and take care of daily life responsibilities. My blogging schedule will be switching to Monday Wednesday Friday posts. Monday will continue to be Start Your Week Off Write where we talk all things writing and blogging. Wednesday is Healthy Writer Wednesday. I will share what I discover about being your best you, and you share something, and we both get a little wiser. Friday will be Write Anywhere and it’s Show and Tell about somewhere we wrote and a bit of accountability for how we’ve spent our 10,080 minutes that week. I’ll ‘fess up what I’ve done and not done towards my WIPs as well as account for my social media time by sharing links to a few choice thought-provoking blogs that really spoke something to me. I hope you’ll join in and tell us about your writing journey for the week.
Besides the fact I haven’t progressed on my WIP, a book I started reading has inspired me to examine my time-spending habits. The book, titled Margin by Richard A. Swenson comes at just the right time, as so many things seem to do, if we will only pay attention. Here is the first paragraph of the book:
“The conditions of modern-day living devour margin. If you are homeless, we send you to a shelter. If you are penniless, we offer you food stamps. If you are breathless, we connect you to oxygen. But if you are marginless, we give you yet one more thing to do. Marginless is being thirty minutes late to the doctor’s office because you were twenty minutes late getting out of the bank because you were ten minutes late dropping the kids off at school because the car ran out of gas two blocks from the gas station – and you forgot your wallet. Margin, on the other hand, is having breath left at the top of the staircase, money left at the end of the month and sanity left at the end of adolescence.”
I’m excited to read it and work on my margin.
Want to chew on some good advice for balancing writing with social media? Check out these links:
Here’s one of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever gotten about time management:
“Time is the fire in which we burn.” – Dr. Soran, Star Trek Generations
Okay, I completely waved my geek card for all to see.