Thursday, August 18, 2011

Busy Season


How do you find balance in your life? Hey everyone, Annette here. Most people I know are writers second. As in, I’m a mother who writes. Or I have a day job, and I try to write whenever I can. Or I work in publishing, so I edit or promote authors and write when I can. Does that apply to you? It applies to me.

And lately my schedule hasn’t allowed me to write as often as I’d like. What do you do when that happens?

I’ve considered pushing off writing. “Oh, this is just a busy season. I’ll have time again someday.” But the word “someday” echoes in the writing corridors of my soul, and part of me languishes until I can write again.

So, maybe it’s time for a shift in my schedule. Last March, I left my writing office and wrote “off-campus” for a few days a week. Made a big difference. Might be time to try that again.

I know this: we were called to write. And when we write, we feel fulfilled. Right? I do. I always relate with Olympian Eric Liddel’s line in Chariots of Fire: “I believe God made me for a purpose. For China, yes. But He also made me fast. And when I run, I feel His pleasure.”

Do you feel that way about writing?

I’m going to work on making time to write. It’s not a secondary calling or activity. It’s key. Busy or not, there has to be a way. Plus, with a huge conference right around the corner, there is plenty to do.

So, if you’re like me and writing often takes a backseat, consider strategizing to find time. Pray about it. I believe God can help us find that fulfilling chunk of time when our minds aren’t too tired to formulate words. He’ll make a way.

Now, where is that printed outline for the story I’m working on? It’s time to get to work.

Write on!

4 comments:

  1. Wow, Annette! I can so relate! With a daughter getting married in November and also making editing jobs a priority, writing gets pushed to the side too often. But you're right. If we're called to be writers, we can't shove that calling into a closet and shut the doors until we have time. We need to carve out opportunities. Thanks for the reminder!

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  2. Hey readers, I've just returned from vacation and hadn't read Ocieanna's great post from yesterday before posting this. It seems God is trying encourage His kids. :D

    Write on!

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  3. Hey Dawn, I know. It's right where I'm at too. Now, to carve out that time. ;)

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  4. When I want to be inspired to find more time, I read some of the underlining I have done in my research books that pertain to my WIP. Or I pick up a novel and read. Reading someone elses work almost always encourages me to squeeze the time out of my day.

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