As I’ve been announcing my publishing contract, it never ceases to amaze me how many people tell me, “I want to write a book someday, when I have more time.” It almost makes me want to laugh, not because so many people want to write a book (I really think that’s great) but because of the added statement “when I have more time.”
Well I hate to break it to y’all, but the truth is, we all have the same 24 hours to work with and I don’t know a single soul who has ever “found more time,” in those 24 hours. (Though wouldn’t it be great if we could get Hermione’s time turner?)
So it’s time to come to some cold, hard facts. Or maybe just one cold hard fact:
You will never have more time to write.
No matter what stage of life you are in, there will always be more seemingly important tasks and activities than writing a book and more than you can reasonably accomplish. Family, jobs that actually pay the bills, house work, social lives, etc. So actually, the battle is not with your time. Stop fighting that. You’re going in circles like your clock. Your battle is with PRIORITIES.
I remember when I told my husband I really wanted this, I really wanted to be a writer, not just like a hobby, but a career path. Without hesitation he jumped on board with me and we made a schedule. He knew that during naps I would not be doing dishes and laundry. And some nights he would come home from work and I would disappear and he would be left with the kids and the mess we made during the day (that I did not clean up during nap time.) And on Saturdays I take a significant chunk of time leaving him to do chores and play with the kids. He even takes vacation days off work every now and then to let me have an entire writing day while he plays Mr. Mom. (I think he really hopes he can do that full time one day. Dream on honey.)
You will have to let some things go, like the dishes and the laundry, your favorite television show (or at least narrow down that list) some social gatherings, your scrapbooks and crafts, your obsession with Twitter, FB, and your intelligent comments on 500 blogs. (Did I just encourage you not to comment on my blog? Twisted.)
I’m not saying you have to sell your soul, or become a hermit and never enjoy anything outside of writing. There is such a thing as too much sacrifice. As Ally Condie once said at conference, “Sometimes sacrifice is good and sometimes it is too much.” No one can draw that line for you, but if you are serious about being a writer, then you must sacrifice some things.
I hope by now I have thoroughly convinced you to stop dreaming about the day you will have more time. It will never come. Decide what it is that you want and start making the sacrifices now. It takes the average writer about a decade to get their first book published. So, stop reading this blog and go write the book you’ve always wanted to write. (After you leave a comment, of course.)