I started a day late, so I’m going to do two today to catch up. I’ll give them their own posts though, as they deal with quite separate things.
December 2 – Writing. What do you do each day that doesn’t contribute to your writing — and can you eliminate it? (Author: Leo Babauta)
There is a lot I do each day that doesn’t contribute to my writing – but most of those things are necessary. I am a mother, I have a very young family, I have a husband, and a house that needs keeping organized, meals to cook, friends to support, work to do. And then there is my writing. Which is part of my work, but something that for right now, I mostly do for me.
I write whenever I can, but I have to confess that one thing I do, is not give it enough value. And starting today I am going to change that. Writing often is the last thing on my list of stuff to get done. All the other things come first. Sometimes, that’s just the way it has to be, other times? I make that choice. I tell myself I can do it later (and I could), I tell myself that a day off isn’t going to hurt (and most of the time it won’t). But when those days add up, and I’m not making any progress then I feel so much worse.
So, I need to value my writing time more. I need this me time, I need to get words on the page – it’s part of what helps keep me balanced. Writing is a totally valid way for me to spend time, and I shouldn’t feel guilty for it, or think that it’s worth less than any other aspect of my life.
Note: before writing this post, I made sure I had written 500 beautiful new words on the novella I am currently working on. I feel better for it.