On Monday, I read a quote on Laura Marcella’s blog that has been on my mind. Harlan Coben (best selling author) was quoted as saying:-
If you can’t find the time to write, that’s just nonsense. My friend Mary Higgins Clark had five kids and was widowed–that’s a woman who had no time to write. And she still used to wake up and write and then get the kids up. There’s always time to write. You can skip the TV show you’re watching, you can wake up an hour earlier, you can write during lunch–you always have time to write.
Why have I been thinking about this quotation?
My seeming inability to make progress on my many works-in-progress.
The project/s I want to self-publish at year end was written for NaNo (National Novel Writing Month) 2008. Book two was my 2009 Nano project. Going further back – between October 2004 and now - I’ve written seven complete works and have another six languishing with only a few chapters finished. Of the fifteen projects mentioned above, two have been published and another is in the pipeline.
I’m not going to make any excuses as to why I’m not as passionate about my writing as I used to be. What I do is spend a lot of time on the computer involved in other activities. I commented on Sue Roebuck’s blog last night that any minute now my critique partners will be warming up the tar and piling up the feathers – except that we’ve all gotten distracted with writing and other stuff. Life has a way of doing that.
However, I'm going back to something that used to work for me. Making lists. The other thing that works is looking at them once in a while. There’s nothing for it but to get back on track. I simply must.
If Mary Higgins Clark wrote with five kids to take care of and no husband to share the responsibility, I’m ahead of the game with an independent ten-year-old and an understanding spouse.
Besides, I won’t be here forever. I’ve got to make hay while the sun shines. Kinda like the fellow below.