Such is life…my life anyway. I had planned to have this post up by 9:00am, but that obviously didn’t happen. I had to work all day but that didn’t stop me from writing it anyway. So many of us that long to be published also have to hold down a day job to pay the bills and that makes it difficult to carve out time to actually make that dream a reality. But we have to find that time. Writing is such a huge part of who we are that not doing it makes it feel like it’s damaging our soul. And it is. You have something inside you…a novel, a poem, a memoir, etc…, that has to be birthed into the world. You have something of value to share with the whole world and to not do so is depriving others of your talent, knowledge, vision, etc…. Stephen King was a teacher when he began writing. J. K. Rowling was a mother on welfare. Almost every modern author has a story very similar to yours. No one is going to knock on my door and tell me that they will pay my bills while I complete my book so I have to get up at 6:00am, Monday thru Friday, so that I can head to work then get home 12 or more hours later. And weekends, I do all of the things that I couldn’t get done during the week. That is our reality. But there are ways to make it work. Write during your lunch hour. If you use public transportation, write on the way to your destination. Get up a little bit earlier or stay up later. Rather than vegging in front of the TV or computer watching a movie or sit-com, write. I promise you that there is a way to get whatever you’re writing to the finish line. How badly do you really want this? I don’t even have words for just how much I want to see my book on a shelf in a bookstore. So sit down right now and think about it. What are you willing and able to give up to finally finish your project? You can have it all, just not at the same time. Just aim for the future when you’re a published author, sitting in a bookstore signing copies of your book. Dreams do come true but it’s usually thru hard work rather than a genie granting wishes. So start writing!
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