A Writer’s Priority

May 29th, 2013

Pen and Yellow Notepad (2)“Every writer I know has trouble writing.”  ~Joseph Heller

One sentence says so much about the life of a writer. I love words. I love reading them. I love writing them. I love the way the words dance through my mind. I love the way the words come to me faster than I can transfer them to paper…the way I have to rush and scribble the words onto whatever piece of paper is near so that I can capture them before they disappear from my thoughts. There have been times when I’ve written as if my life depended on it because for as many words as I have written down, there are just as many words – if not more words – that have evaporated into thin air never again to present themselves to me.

What happens to those words? What happens to the poem that was whispered into my ear while I’m asleep and I don’t wake up enough to write those words down on paper? Do they have the same fate as the vivid dreams that I’ve had that will remain in my memory for exactly 30 seconds after I awaken?

For as much as I love to write, I have been haunted by the words that I haven’t written. It wasn’t easy, but I have learned to overcome that sense of frustration – mainly because I have very little control over the words that have not been transferred to paper. I have little control over the poem that was whispered into my ear and then disappeared from my thoughts. The forgotten dream resides in the abyss of my mind.

What I do have control over is the time that I spend writing – or staring at that blank page as I will the words to life. There was a time when my time spent writing was the last thing on my list. Every other obligation that I had was prioritized and fulfilled. Once I fulfilled my obligations, whatever time was left was reserved for writing.

Does this scenario sound familiar to you? Are you giving your writing time the proper priority? Do you realize that whatever gets the most attention is what defines you? I am a writer. Today I have scheduled time to write just as I have scheduled time to take care of other priorities. Writing is no longer the last activity on my list. As a matter of fact, writing is now at the top of my list. My writing defines me!

Lorraine Castle is a virtual assistant who works with authors, coaches, trainers, attorneys, and speakers to get speaking engagements, write their books, publish their books, and market their books. Contact Lorraine to find out what she can do to help you develop your gift.

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