I DON’T HAVE TIME…

images_014Who does, but that’s the point of this blog. I should be doing laundry, making out a new “to-do” list, answering email, anything but sitting here striking at the letters on the keyboard, OR is this what I should be doing and letting other things get done later? I choose this and will not sweat the small stuff, if the dinner salad does not have a tomato sliced in it, or the laundry does not get done until tomorrow. I’m not going anywhere and the jeans I have on are clean, my sweatshirt is clean and warm. Hey, even the coffee pot is still warm.

Yet, there are times we tend to make our “to-do” lists bigger than necessary, and still leave room to add more on at the bottom. Sometimes, this makes us feel important, until we cannot cross off even one item. The more we have to do, the more we can do, right? Not since the last time I looked at my list before the shredder ate everything off the paper.?

Yes, there are always errands to run, appointments for doctors, dentists and other important items, and once these get accomplished, we can write. WRONG. Somewhere down the list, we forgot to enter in our writing time. For a lot of writers, published and not-yet published, this is foremost the important part of our lives. Why? There is no list needed to remind us to write. Writers write and we are the writers. But if you are new to the living world of writers, you might use a big, like huge, colorful sticky on your computer. This will trigger your mind to know what you should be doing.

Even if you have fifteen minutes, you can write. You might read over what you wrote earlier, do a touch-up to a few words (better known as a revision). Or, you might get in the mood with ‘Morning Pages.’ Remember The Artist’s Way and the morning pages? These pages are for no one but you. You can scribble, draw pictures, develop your lovely lady or find ways to make hero a great villain and likeable at the same time.

What helps a writer is to establish a routine, but make certain it is not chiseled in stone. Another idea is to write even when you don’t know what you will write. This is one of the best ways to begin and follow your heart with words. Writing every day sets the pattern of a writer, but writing every day at the same time helps your writing become more efficient. Sure, we stumble along the path and when that happens, step back, take a deep breath and think small. You are not sitting down to write the complete manuscript at one time, rather scenes of the manuscript.

And, be prepared to write and write and write. Sometimes garbage fills the page, but before you delete or cross through, keep your writing just the way you put it on the screen. You never know when these words may be just the ones you need at a certain scene in your manuscript. Remember, writing is never finished until you add “THE END” to the last page, and then you may make many more changes again.

Happy Writing Every Day. Happy Morning Pages. Happy Garbage Writing.

JUST WRITE

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HECTIC DAYS?

Lost ConfidenceDays get hectic, some more than others. I’ve tried to analyze the business, but nothing seems sane. We pull up the calendar or schedule on the computer, and then double-check the I-phone. Every minute taken up with some chore, activity — YOU NAME YOURS.

Sure, there are a lot of things we can’t ignore like feeding the family, getting groceries, sending the kids to school, and if you work outside the home, another chunk of time. If both hubby and wife are employed, the chunk gets bigger.

Then, there is the time to schedule for kids’ activities, meetings, writing and meeting deadlines. Hey, what about the gym for exercise and

STOP!

You need to get centered, calm, and clarify yourself. Wouldn’t you like to improve your creativity, concentration and connection to others?

MEDITATION!

I hear your replies loud and clear – “I do not have time for this. I’m too busy.” No, you are not going to sit cross-legged and go into a trance with “HMMMMM or AHHHHH.” Start out slow. When you wake up, do not jump out of bed. Instead, take a minute or two for some deep breaths from your lower abs to your chest. Feel the breath creeping up and filling your lungs, and then a deep exhale as the breath returns to your abs. Practice. Practice. During the day while driving, working or wherever the day takes you. In just this little bit of time, you become aware of a clear mind and get to know your body. Make this your daily silent time without anyone knowing what you are doing. Your private breathing time. Soon, you will find yourself more cool, calm, and collected in everything you do,

AND!

Do not be surprised when you increase this time from one or two minutes upward. A silent mind is the rewards you gain along with no clutter in your thoughts.  Your daily activities seem less hectic and your enjoyment of life fuller.

Inhale, exhale, inhale exhale and breathe deeper and enjoy with every breath you take.

Listen to YOUR body.