Sunday, December 19, 2010

Where do you find time to write?

Since October you've probably noticed that I haven't been posting as often as I did before. I realized that it is difficult to find the time to write (your novel, anthology, poetry, etc.,) to write blogposts, to visit fellow bloggers, to work full-time, and to keep all these tasks balanced without affecting your sanity.

While going through personal problems, I did not write a word for my anthology. I felt guilty. I couldn't come up with the right post, yet felt uncomfortable telling anyone how to make time to write.

A dear friend of mine and fellow writer told me, “You're entitled to take a break. Don't be so hard on yourself.” She's right. Although writing is one of my passions, I don't make a living from it. I have to set priorities in order to perform at the level I'm expected.

Suddenly my own choice came into view—it wasn't a matter of being perfect enough or productive enough or disciplined enough to be a writer. During my brief hiatus, I realized that I could dedicate time to my writing and my non-writing life as long as I focus on attainable and feasible goals.

It's important to acknowledge we can't have it all (at least not all at once). We have to choose.


  1. Oh how true!! It's so difficult to balance everything and with so little time in the day. For me it really is prioritizing. I'm very bad at knowing what's important - but I guess I do what makes me happy as the moment grabs me. Sometimes I'd much rather just get lost in blogland. Sometimes I think I should write a story or something else creative. This month I promised myself to read my to be read pile of books!! LOL!!

    Good luck finding your own personal equilibrium! Take care

  2. Well said Claudia! I can very much relate to your feelings as I am sure many others can. Thanks for sharing and for the inspiration! :)

  3. So true. Life can get very difficult if one doesn't keep everything in perspective.

    May you make all the right choices. :-)

  4. Thank you for this encouraging and timely post, dear Claudia! I, myself, have been balancing some important life priorities and have also fallen off the blogging wagon. We need to listen to ourselves because as you aptly say: We cannot do it all at once. We must be gentle with ourselves and soon enough, the creativity flows once again.

  5. Hi Old Kitty,
    You make me laugh when you say you'd rather get lost in blogland. Hey, for some people blogging is a priority ;) As long as we prioritize, we'll be okay. Wish you and Charlie a lovely Christmas.

    Hi Cathy,
    Nice to see you in my neck of the woods :)
    Oh boy, glad to hear I'm not the only one juggling goals, tasks, etc., I guess everyone goes through it at some point. Wishing you the best for this holiday season.

    Hi Misha,
    Thanks for dropping by and for your kind words.
    Have a great holiday season!

    Dear Kelly,
    Thank you for your kind message. You're so right when you say that our creativity will flow once we are kind to ourselves. We often forget because we're caught in the web of life :(
    Merry Christmas and the best for 2011.

  6. I agree with the others. It's important to have a balance, and to take a break every once in a while. Have a Merry Christmas!

  7. Hi Michelle,
    I hope your Christmas break is a good one. I want to use this time to recharge my creative juices and hope 2011 brings me a bountiful supply of inspiration :)
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  8. Merry Christmas to you too, Doris!
    Thanks for stopping by.