Seven months ago I took on a part-time job just to earn some extra money and supplement my pension. I like the job, don’t get me wrong, but boy oh boy, does it cut into my writing time. I have been hearing for years that most writers get up early in the morning and write. Well, I have never been an early bird, in fact, I hated getting up at 5:30 when I was a teacher. But, this job has afforded me a blessing. Because I was experiencing less and less time to write, I finally said to myself: “Okay, self, you are getting up earlier and going to the computer!” Why am I doing this to myself? Because if I don’t write I feel that I’m not accomplishing anything. Even though I do tons of stuff, writing is the only thing that makes me feel like I am fulfilling my purpose. My writing doesn’t even have to get published; I just have to write in order to follow my bliss.
So, I have been doing just that this week, getting up earlier and sitting down to write. The brain is so much clearer in the morning, before all the things of the day pile up. It has worked! I wrote a poem this week that I am sort of satisfied with and I sent off a submission to a journal. I am no longer feeling that my Monday, Wednesday, and Friday (the days I work) are just filled with work and not anything else.
Do you realize people, that if you wrote just one poem a week you would have fifty-two poems by the end of the year? Enough for a manuscript.
Keep writing my friends!