I just returned from a writer’s conference, and something our presenter said has been running circles in my brain.
The dynamic and learned Chuck Sambuchino made a point of announcing his number one secret to success — “Put down the remote control.”
He asked, “Can you give up these little things you like to make more time for something you love (writing)?”
Ah, yes, time. That great equalizer.
Now obviously, what’s easy for one to give up isn’t easy for others.
Take TV. Yep, I can give that up. But exercise? Nope. Comforting a lonely friend, or helping a family member with a problem? Nope.
And sometimes we’d like to give things up but really can’t.
My day job? My source of income? I don’t think so.
How about grocery shopping? Or eating a meal? How about doctor appointments? Or laundry?
In a perfect world, writers could concentrate ALL our attention on our craft. We could tuck ourselves away in comfy coffee shops or libraries or bookstores and simply write.
But writers have to live, too. And I’m pretty sure Chuck didn’t mean we’re supposed to abandon all our friends, family, chores, or needs just to write.
Musicians don’t do that. Nor do accountants or attorneys.
Shoot, even the most powerful person in the free world — POTUS — gets a vacation now and then!
When Domer was small, I wrote in the car during his soccer and tennis practices. Wrote in the hallway of his TaeKwonDo dojo. Wrote while waiting for him to get out of school. Wrote on weekends when he was with his friends.
Was it easy? No, but words lead to sentences, and sentences to paragraphs. And before you know it, you’ve written a book!
I’d hate to have to wait until I was 80 to write — when everybody I love has died off, my web design career is a distant memory, and all I have left is time. So squeezing in a little now and then is better than not writing at all, right?
(Note: Something else that came out of this conference provided me with an “ah-ha” moment, which I’ll share next time!)