It was so wonderful to read all of your wishes in response to my birthday post for She Writes, where I shared my hopes for the my upcoming writing year. I especially appreciated the encouragement and support you offered me and one another (and loved your idea, @RYCJ, of checking in with ten of the other writers on the thread mid-year to see how they are doing!), cause guess what? I'm gonna need it! It's been nine days since I declared my wishes for the upcoming writing year, and, you guessed it -- I haven't written a damn thing.
Part of it is that She Writes still dominates my days, and my two little boys dominate the rest of my time. But I know that's not a good enough excuse. I have to get more hardcore about carving out writing hours and making them absolutely untouchable. I have to find a place to work that shields me from distractions and good a way to manage my other obligations -- to She Writes, and to my kids -- that doesn't prevent me from doing the work I love most. (The first thing I'm going to do is re-read the posts Rebecca Rodskog, coach and time management expert, did when working with our Passion Project winner Monique Fields -- and potentially hire her!)
So: HOW? How do you do it? In 250 words or less -- so that I can get through the comment thread in order to learn from all of you -- how do you schedule, protect and defend your writing time? When do you work? What kinds of rules do you set up for yourself, if any? (I visited a cool writers space in NY the other day, The Brooklyn Writers Space, and couldn't help laughing at all the flyers for various tools that make it IMPOSSIBLE for writers to access the internet even if they desperately want to.) How do you balance your writing with the other pressing tasks of life, like taking care of others, take care of yourself, and, of course, earning a gosh-darned living?
I'd love to know. And I promise: I will use what is written here to map out my day tomorrow. It's a banner day -- not one single sodding meeting or phone call on the books.
I plan to make the most of it.
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