Most writers I know are forced to multitask. Work, family, writing, blogging, living…it all requires time. I know I’m not the only one when I say there isn’t enough of it.
How do we fit everything in?
I’ve seen people post their schedules to explain how they do it. Each time I see it, I’m totally impressed. Namely because I’m not a morning person and I see quite a few writers getting up early (like 4 or 5 am early!) to write.
My brain just does NOT function at o’dark thirty.
Others write at lunch or on work breaks.
Oh dear, I don’t get breaks at work. 😦
How about in the evenings after work?
Sure, if I’m not exhausted after a 10-12 hour day, LOL!
Then there’s weekends, right?
Sure. If I’m not painting a room or doing laundry or…erm, well, sleeping.
Gosh, I sound all doom and gloom, right?
It’s easy to talk myself into doing other things rather than writing. But I love writing.
That doesn’t make sense. If I love something, then why aren’t I writing all the time?
Maybe I’m burnt out.
Maybe I’ve lost hope that I’ll get anywhere with it.
Maybe I’ve run out of ideas and need time to develop more.
Maybe I’ve lost confidence in my skills.
Okay, so I’m not the only one who struggles with this type of negative thinking. What’s important is recognizing it. Sometimes it can be subtle and come across as, “Gee, I don’t have TIME to write” rather than the (possibly more accurate) examples above.
How about you? When you feel you don’t have time to write, what are the underlying thoughts you have? Any of this sound familiar? What’s your strategy to combat it?
Sarah’s tackling this month’s Sisterhood of the Traveling Blog topic today. Check out her response here.