Writing is a leap of faith. You’re spending time writing with the hope that someone, somewhere, will like what you’re writing and publish you.
You write with the hope that once you’re published, readers will spend their hard-earned cash, read what you wrote and then like it enough to not only recommend what you wrote to others but wait, breathlessly, for you to write something more.
And you write because you can not imagine not writing.
But first you have to rise above it all. Meaning, if you’re a typical 21st century person living in a modern society, you have to rise above all the myriad things demanding your attention and keeping you away from writing.
Jobs, family, money problems, health issues, the whole crazy, chaotic world in general.
You have to find that quiet place within yourself in the midst of all that “sound and fury” that is everyday life to write. Amid all the chatter and shouts, all the blogging, text messaging, twittering, facebooking, myspacing and overall noise of our technology-driven society, you have to be able to surrender yourself to your vision. To your dream.
And, trust me, I know it can be a battle. I fight the good fight every day to find the time to write.
And if you’re working full-time or taking care of family members– whether they’re young children or elderly parents–looking for work if you’re out of work or just dealing with the slings and arrows and demands of life, it’s a hard-pitched battle to find that time to write.
So, like that hot air balloon pictured above, floating serenely over those mist-shrouded trees, if you want to write, if you truly want to get published and touch readers, you have to rise above it all, somehow, and search out the time and the space to write. Even if it’s only fifteen minutes a day.
I say fifteen minutes because I take two fifteen minute breaks at work and I write during those fifteen minutes. May just turn out to be a paragraph, or a note about a character, or questions I need to address about a plot line. Sure, it’s only fifteen minutes but it’s fifteen minutes of writing as opposed to fifteen minutes of not writing.
So my advice? Once you find that time and space, cherish it and guard it with every fiber of your being. And then write. Lose yourself in your words.
Rise above it all.
Even if it’s only for fifteen minutes a day.