WHY IS THERE NEVER ANY TIME TO WRITE????
That’s probably one of the hardest things about writing: finding the time. With school, activities, sports… when do you write?
I mean, it’s super hard to write after a whole entire day of brain-squeezing school, an extra hour of sports, some more hours of music, and then family time… by then it’s late, you’re yawning, everybody else is asleep, your computer is dead, the power cord is downstairs and you can’t get it without waking everyone up… yeah, just wait till morning…
Mornings you wake up, eat breakfast, get ready, there’s school (or work), and then repeating everything else… well, that didn’t work…
Of course, there is a solution for keeping that writing voice inside you quiet… just stop writing! Give up! Lose your computer! Delete your writing! Uh, no… I don’t think any of us writers could EVER do that…
So we’re stuck. Stuck with the problem of TIME…
Before any of you say, “Well, that’s just my schedule, I can’t change it,” “I can’t do anything about that,” “Oh, I’ll just write a word every day and see what happens,” I want to ask you something:
How can we find the time in our crazy lives to see that funny video on YouTube, or comment on that picture on Facebook, or watch that new episode that just came out? How can we find the time to browse through the sale items online or finish that super hard level in that addicting video game?
The answer is simple: we can always find time for the things we think are important. If you want to write, you have to VALUE writing. You have to believe that it is important to you and to others. It can’t just be a hobby, it has to be part of who you are, who you want to be.
So the problem isn’t that we don’t have time, the problem is we, deep down inside (myself included), don’t want to find the time.
Now I’m not saying that any of you don’t value writing or you’re not considering writing seriously enough, I’m merely saying that we all need to really examine what we think about writing.
And this isn’t just about writing, this is also about other things in your life. Like finding the time to hang out with your little sister, or sitting with your family and discussing random things, or investing in your friends.
Before you stop reading this article, I want you to ask yourself what you think is important in your life. Do you even know what is important in your life, and do you find time for it? Is what you value actually more important than other things?
Maybe it’s time to stop moaning over the lack of time, and start thinking about how to MAKE time to invest in those around you and what is important in your life.
Like I said, this isn’t just about writing, this is about you and your life. After all, you never know when your time could be cut short.
So spend your time well. Spend your words well.