I’ve loved writing for as long as I can remember, but I’ve also be pressed for time for about two decades now.
Yes, I’ve been over scheduled since the second grade. What can I say? Back then it was ballet lessons, homework, soccer, and avoiding eating my vegetables. Nowadays it’s work, family, workouts, chores, etc., etc., etc.
One of my new year’s resolutions this year was to make more time for writing. I majored in Creative Writing for my undergraduate degree, and I’ve always dreamed of publishing a novel. I’ve completed NaNoWriMo three times, and feel so, so in my element when I’m putting words on a page. I got a new job with much better hours this year, and I realized that while I had a lot more time on my hands, I was struggling to make the time to sit down and write. I decided to make it a goal, then; WRITE MORE IN 2017!!
I’ve got to be careful about how I go about goal setting, though.
Is anyone else very, very hard on themselves when they don’t exactly meet their self-imposed goals? Learning not to beat myself up about mistakes and/or imperfections has been a life-long journey for me. I need to set goals, of course, because everyone should have goals. Everyone should be working to better themselves and the lives of those they care about each and every day, even if it’s in the tiniest of ways. That’s what I believe, at least. But goals should never make you feel horrible about yourself if you come out short. That totally defeats the point, doesn’t it?
I’ve been trying to figure out ways to work writing into my life little by little.
My first step was picking up this adorable 5-year journal. The pages are pre dated, which makes me feel more committed to writing in it. And each day only have a few lines to write on, so I only have to jot down a sentence or two to feel accomplished.
My second step was to block out a few hours in my iCal each week to go back through and edit my old writing. I’m pretty okay at the drafting phase of writing, but find editing and second-drafting a whole lot harder. Once I sat down and did it, though, I realized how enjoyable it can be, especially after you’ve given yourself a few months…or years…of distance from your work.
My third- and least favorite step- was to sign up for a writing class through the BCAE. This class got me writing and producing new ideas, which I am eternally grateful for. I’ll admit that the class time was not my favorite, but I got through as much as I could, and ended up with over 100 pages of a new story by the end.
My fourth step was starting this blog! So if you’re reading….HOLD ME ACCOUNTABLE! Pester me if I don’t post for a few days!
I’m not sure what my next step is. Does anyone out there have any ideas? I’d love to find a writing group or partner in the Boston area!