Guest Author - Kathryn Jones Merry
Letís talk about time. Do you have a few minutes, it wonít take long. The demands on the average family, and each person in the family, have steadily increased. With or without children, people are running to and fro like little ants in an ant farm. It makes it very difficult to carve out even a 1-2 hour space in a day to develop your personal writing goals. Some writers have the luxury, or perhaps pain, of locking themselves from the world during creative activity time. Others are writers who also work part time and stay up half the night writing the days thoughts. Then, unfortunately, from parents to professionals, people are just worn out and put creativity on the back burner for another time.
Just how do writers find the time to write? Get up early? Stay up late? Write on weekends? Maybe itís just catch as catch can. Scheduling time to write is simpler when family and friends accept the fact youíre working at your set time and unavailable during that time. Treat it like a job. Be responsible to the time and goals you have set for yourself. If you donít respect your own schedule, no one else will. A daily scheduler would be a great place to start getting serious about your writing dreams.
When setting goals, be realistic. If you can only find 5 hours per week, donít try to do more than that. If you push too hard, youíll be sitting in the bleachers watching your childís game between quickly chopped out paragraphs. Your mind is most creative when rested and able to focus; and outside stresses donít exist since you scheduled your time for chores and family. For many writers, time management is crucial to success. Of course, there are those who go to a mountain cabin, hide 3 to 6 months, and are not seen again until they have completed their project.
Short stories are especially fun to write if you have limited time. Before long, youíll have a collection that can either be published or shared with friends and family. With todayís e-publishing options, itís easier than ever before to present your work to the public.
Just think, with proper time management, you can write short stories, have the cleanest laundry on the block, go to the kidís games, get a raise at the day job, have 8 hours of sleep, and give everything you write a fabulous title. Amazing!