By Maria Ferrer
The operative word in that tag being not. “No.” I just need to learn to say it more often.
Life keeps interrupting my writing schedule. If it's not one thing, it's another - my family, the job, my travel schedule, the dogs, my friends, the chapter, and my family (they are twice as bad!).
I just finished reading Kathy Cano-Murillo’s WAKING UP IN THE LAND OF GLITTER. It’s a fun, fast read with great characters, which inspires one to get crafty. And Kathy is inspiring herself. She is busy working on her second novel and running her "Crafty Chica" empire. She has published 7 craft books, done numerous show-and-tell videos, and has a full line of craft items. Plus, there's a website, a Facebook fan page and a craft cruise. Not to mention her husband of 12 years and two kids. You can check her out at http://www.craftychica.com/.
When ask how she finds time to be with her family and write and be all she can be as the "Crafty Chica," Kathy replied: "If it's important to me, I make time to do it."
That's an even better tag line for a writer than the Newseum one, and one that I need to take more to heart.
But forget the tags and their appropriateness. The $64 million question is: Is writing important to me?
Then WHY am I not doing more of it? WHY am I letting people, things, life interrupt?! WHY am I not published already?!!! Do I want to be a "real" writer or not? ("real” writer = "published" writer)
Since my answer is Yes, then I have to learn to say No more often...to outside interruptions, to too many outings with family and friends, to any extra projects.
So family and friends, I hereby give you notice. I am scheduling my writing first. So unless it's an important birthday or a special occasion, don't expect me. Trips to the mall will be restricted to 2 hours. Doctors' visits will be consolidated to happen all on the same day. (That's going to take a miracle but I'll try.) Movies and concerts will only be attended if writing pages have been accumulated.
I know. I know. These are great resolutions, all well and good on paper, but it's the follow through that counts.
So please feel free to email me directly and ask about my progress and word count. And if you have any tips on time management or inspirational tag lines you'd like to share, I welcome those too.
Just not tonight, I'm working on my novel.♥
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