Do you find yourself putting things off? I think we all do this, mentally calculating that we’ll find time later or, maybe the next day, especially when faced with the mundane chores of life.
When I first started writing with intent and was really determined to get my work published, I still found myself putting it off, even though I was really eager to do it. I had a plan of action, but the actual process of sitting down and starting to write was incredibly hard. But, I know I am not alone in this. We make excuses for our lack of creativity. We plan instead for the next day, wasting hours of potential creative time. Why? Because we know that it takes a while to get into the creative process and sometimes, writing can be painfully hard. But we should overcome these barriers because the next day, there are even more distractions to face.
Whether you write for fun or to make something out of your writing, it doesn’t matter, you must still harden your resolve if you wish to reach your true creative potential in life. After all, you don’t know just how good you are, until you try. Don’t put off your creative writing attempts because life disappears.
I was reminded of this only recently when I heard the sad news that two of my friends had died. Yes, they were older than me and yes, they achieved much in their lives but I remember that it was only about 6 years ago – around the time I took the plunge to take the Creative Competitor on the road. My friends were vibrant, funny and larger than life but now they are gone.
No-one wants to think about this side of life but it’s true. If we don’t knuckle down and make the most of our time, one day, there is no more time. This holds true for all of your aims, not just writing goals, of course. Don’t waste time worrying or fretting about life. Use every aspect of your experiences within your writing.
Whether you are serious in your attempts to get work published, or you find the whole creative writing process a release and an escape from the every day world. Do it now.
Don’t put it off. Embrace it and revel in something you love. Time is ticking.