Making Time to Write
Welcome to day three of Children’s Book Week!
To help escape from the depression of my two oldest attending college out of state; I would spend every spare moment writing. Household chores piled up. I drove my poor husband crazy until I came to realize I could no longer neglect my other responsibilities. I later made the decision to schedule my writing during vacation from my teaching position.
During the first week of Christmas vacation 2009, I sat down to write and for some strange reason I drew a total blank. I soon realized it is better to do a little writing every day. Developing a daily habit of writing made it easier for my muse to flow. There’s nothing more frustrating than staring at a blank computer screen. I see writing daily as an integral way to stay connected to my creativity.
Having a classroom full of students has been a tremendous way to get ideas for my writing. Therefore, before going to bed, I write for one hour.
If you find that your day is too full to set time for writing, here’s what you can do.
1) Start out with just half an hour a day- Everyone can find 30 minutes. I gave up watching the evening news.
2) Be creative- I purchased a netbook that I carry with me everywhere. The netbook is lightweight and instead of taking a full 45 minutes for lunch, I spend the last 15 minutes writing.
3) Going on vacation? I take my netbook and get up early before heading out to tour or hang out on the beach or pool. Doing this gives me a great feeling of accomplishment, and I am able to go have a grand time the rest of the day.
In celebration of children’s book week, I encourage those with a desire to write for children to make time to write. Do not let a busy schedule keep you from developing yourself as a writer. You never know how the book you write may change the life of a child. All it takes is one book that may be instrumental in helping a child develop a lifelong relationship with reading and learning.
Be sure to visit the other blogs participating in the blog hop to increase your chances to win!
Guardian Angel Publishing Author Blogs:
Mayra Calvani - www.mayrassecretbookcase.blogspot.com
Margo Dill - www.margodill.com/blog
Margot Finke – www.hookkidsonreading.blogspot.com
Donna McDine - www.donna-mcdine.blogspot.com
Nancy Stewart - www.nancystewartbooks.blogspot.com
Kai Strand - www.kaistrand.blogspot.com