When do you find the time to write?
Sheila Lowe, MS, mystery writer and forensic handwriting analyst
It’s the question people frequently ask and which drives me crazy (trust me, it’s a short ride). The next time I think I’ll respond by asking, “What do you do for a living?” And when they tell me, I’ll give them a knowing look and say, “When do you find the time to do that?” I’d like to think there would be dawning understanding on their face, but that’s probably unrealistic. Unless someone is an entrepreneur or in the creative arts, people in general don’t seem to recognize that what we as writers do is work and “finding time” for it is not an option; like any 9-5 job, it’s a requirement.
I’m lucky enough to have two careers. Handwriting analysis and forensic handwriting examination
I saw an article whose title suggested it could help one find time to write. No doubt it would have been an interesting read, but I decided to use the time I would have spent reading the article to do some actual work. Of course, that’s a drop in the bucket compared to the amount of time I use daily on emails and Internet. I’m working on my self-discipline by not leaving Facebook open all the time (I find all those little “dings” letting me know someone has commented irresistible). Now I just check in from time to time and post a lot less. Same with emails. Have you ever noticed how they proliferate—the more you answer them, the more you get! Answering them less frequently seems to cut down on the pile waiting in the in-box.
It’s all about setting priorities, I suppose. For anyone serious about their writing—that is, trying to make a living by writing books—it can’t be a matter of “when do you find the time?” There has to be time (I know, I’m preaching to the choir, here).
My latest photo is posted with this entry. In connection with an interview I did for the Daily Express, a UK newspaper, they sent out a photographer who took 234 photos. This was the one I liked. Sad, isn’t it?! Needless to say, it’s not the one the Express used. Why do newspapers always pick the worst photos? Oh, never mind. That’s a subject for another blog.
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