Saturday, September 6, 2008

Discipline to Write

We just had our quarterly Carolina Christian Writers meeting and one of the topics we discussed was finding the time to write. The one thing we narrowed it down to was--discipline. One member said he had to cut out 12 social network profiles that were time wasters for him. Others mentioned TV and reading novels.

Because I work full-time, I blame my work as the culprit that interfers with my writing time and sleep. How about you? What are some of your time eaters that interfere with your writing time?


  1. I know just how you feel Jennifer. Work is my culprit too. Being a teacher, my work week at best is 50 hours a week and at worst can take over my life. I've had to learn how to work consistently while at SCHS so that I don't have to bring anything home with me. If I'm behind, then I bite the bullet and stay an hour longer than required so I can leave the building work free.

    Another thing I've had to learn is not to beat myself up if I've had a really rough day and I'm too pooped to think when I get home. I've also had to learn how to monitor my family time, and make sure that I'm spending time with my husband and kids. Every time I pray about being overwhelmed and consider not writing for a while, God sends me confirmation that I'm doing what He wants me to do. So I keep plugging away, and hope that it'll pay off soon.


  2. TV! Usually, it's just background noise. But recently, I've found that if I turn it off, that I'm able to get more done. I guess I watch it more than I think I do while it's in the background. :)

    And online time. Not so much social networks, since I'm just now getting involved in those. But all my gazillion emails. I usually always have about 1000 in my box. I never can seem to get it down.


  3. Eating and breathing. Huge time wasters, however I have yet to find a way to cut back. Okay I did cut out eating after 7 but the breathing thing remains problematic.

    Seriously..I told myself tonight. What I am doing isn't working. So for one week I am going to mix it up. The schedule that, sleep,writing. Just to see what happens.

    Basically if we keep doing what we keep doing we will keep getting what we keep getting. Right?

  4. I really like Tina's answer of mixing it up too. What I'm doing is not working right now. So many commitments that are necessary. However, I have cut out 2 loops this last year. I'm thinking of cutting a couple more (like the above mentioned social networks.) I just don't have time for them and don't go check up on them. I might leave them in place for a future date though. Who knows how things will pan out? But right now, email and social networks are time stealers for me.

    I like the idea of creating a better writing discipline. I'm hoping the ACFW conference will give me some grand ideas.