With the official First Day of Spring just days away, I’ve been enjoying the little reminders that have been popping up everywhere that the days of heat, static and wool socks are almost behind me – the pink blossoms on the tree in my yard, surrounded by the cheerful yellow faces of daffodils, and the green tips of iris, daylily and hosta poking up through the soil.
My writing classes are filled with folks who enjoy these things as well. It seems that writers are also drawn to things like painting and gardening and surrounding themselves with beautiful things. Perhaps it inspires their creative sides – they’re awfully good writers!
These writers and I also share a common problem: not having time to write. Sounds funny, coming from someone who actually writes for a living, doesn’t it? But it’s true. And losing an hour on Sunday to Daylight Savings Time certainly has done little to boost my creative juices this week. Adjectives seem to be hiding somewhere back on Saturday night. Traditionally motivating words are inspiring me to yawn on the read-through – more from lack of sleep than from boring text.
With my Vision Board prominently displayed beside my desk, I searched for inspiration. Thank goodness for the picture of the colorful wrist watches! I found my answer: TIME.
Despite the satisfying feeling that digging in the dirt arouses in me; despite the extra hour of sunlight I have to enjoy a brisk walk through the neighborhood with my faithful Yellow Dog, I still need to make time to WRITE!
Writing anything well takes time. The words that flow into the first draft are rarely as good as those in my first or second edit – and that goes for my novels as well as my clients’ materials. Whether you’re writing a proposal, a memo, an email, essay or novel, always remember - MAKE TIME TO WRITE!