Make Room for Writing
By Nancy Ann
When I made the decision back in 2006 to stop dabbling at writing and to make a go of it, I found that I had to jettison some of my hobbies. I had to make room in my daily schedule in order for writing to have a serious place. Aside from working full-time and maintaining the usual household chores, I also had a wide variety of hobbies. I knew that some of them would have to go or at least be set aside.
Gardening is my most time consuming interest and I knew I was not going to give that up. Oh no. Gardening is much more than just a hobby to me. It feeds my family. Sure, I could buy my fresh veggies, but that just isn’t my style. Each year I plot and plan the next best garden design. I look forward to it. It’s a stress reliever. It’s physical exercise. It’s in my blood. It is part of who I am and what makes me “me”.
So, without being able to give up gardening, I looked at what else was on the table: candlemaking, soapmaking, crocheting, sewing…I’ve nearly eliminated all of these to make room for writing. It was a bitter/sweet parting. If I hadn’t, I would never have finished writing Home Fire: Sarah and Charlie. And now, nine years later (wow!) I’ve had three books published since 2012!
I still work fulltime and I’m not a bestselling author, but I am fulfilling a dream that I’ve had since I was a little girl.
If you think that you don’t have the time to devote to your writing, I encourage you to reconsider. If you truly want to become a published author, traditionally or as an indie, you have to write.
Where there is a will, there is a way.