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!