I've been thinking a lot about Time since Wednesday's Road Trip Topic about finding the time to write. I just barely started my new WIP last Friday. I set a goal for myself to write at least a thousand words a day except Sundays. This past week I had it done no problem. Until I got to Thursday. It was a full day, I had cleaning to do, I spent the afternoon in Calgary, and once the kids were in bed, we watched The Return of the King. It was over by 10:30pm and I just wanted to go to bed, but I felt guilty that I hadn't gotten my thousand words done. So I worked for a bit but only managed a few hundred.
I bring this up because since I've written Daze and Knights, a lot of family members and friends have told me they've always wanted to write a book but they can never find the Time. I totally get that. Kids, jobs, responsibilities, heck just life, gets in the way. We always have other things to do. Things that seem or are more important.
What I've learned in the past few years is that if you want to be a writer- you will be one. You will write no matter what. You will make time for it. But if it's just a matter of having a story in your head that you think will make a great book, time will be harder to come by.
I want to be a writer. I am a writer (just not published). I write because it makes me happy. I'm going to sound totally cheesy here but- it completes me. Whether my stories suck or not, whether I ever become published or not, I've learned about myself that I will continue to write., no matter what.
BUT... that doesn't mean it's easy. I've got this great idea I'm all fired up about, but I still had a hard time finding TIME yesterday. So even if you're serious about it, it's still hard to find the time. And it's hard to sacrifice other things to write, although it has to be done sometimes. And sometimes, the writing has to be sacrificed. That's just the way it goes. It's not easy, it's never easy. But you do it because you have to.