- by Delilah Devlin
- Ship out critiques to the Rose’s Colored Glasses Critique Group
- Blog at NINC
- Finish copy edits of Darkness Captured & hit the UPS store to mail the book
- Return to revisions of Beloved Captor, chapters 12-16
- Finish chapter 3 of Lone Star Lovers-3
- Finish one RCG critique
That’s a pretty full day, and it started at 7 AM this morning. Most of my days look like that, with chores interspersed between the writing-related work so I don’t forget to keep my place tidy.
I plan the work and work the plan.
Of course, I’m damn good at planning work. By profession, I’m a program manager—in the Army and in private industry. I teach project management to writers now.
I hear tons of excuses for why writers can’t find the time to do what needs doing. I know family can pull you away. Kids are unpredictable. People get sick. The washing machine breaks down. The sky is blue and the sun is bright and shiny. All great excuses for why you can’t write.
But somewhere along the line, you must take control of your life and your time. If you want to be a writer, you have to commit to writing. It’s a hard job. Takes tons of discipline. But to be a writer, you have to write. How many projects, how many pages depends on what you want to fit into your life and what you want to sacrifice.
If family comes first, then don’t expect to get a thing done while they are awake and at home. Do what so many successful writers do. Get up before the house stirs or burn that midnight oil.
If the day job pays the bills and take its toll on your energy, then plan to write on your weekends. Try to fit in half an hour on your lunch break.
You don’t have to have big goals (20 books a year), but you do need to set yourself some mini, interim ones. Break up the great big scary goal into smaller increments. Put them on a calendar. Schedule time to get the work done and treat it like anything else listed on that To Do list stuck on your refrigerator door.
And forget about waiting for the muse. Sit your butt in that chair and write. Remember, to be a writer, you have to write. Stay busy!