By: Amanda Gochez
Life can mean being constantly busy. Between full-time jobs, school, kids, and even getting two hours’ worth of shut eye, sometimes doing the things you love are put on the back burner. That is unfortunate to us. It is important to take time to do the things that mean the most to you, to not only relieve stress, but to keep your mind, body, and soul full of happiness. When that happens, a positive balance in your life occurs making the everyday stresses of adulting easier to manage.
For us writers, the obvious component that makes us happy is writing. But, due to life’s obligations we find ourselves wondering, “When was the last time I wrote?” You could be working on your next novel but haven’t written a single word of the stories climax, just because of life’s circumstance. Hey, that’s okay! We have all been there. It’s hard to always find time for everything you need to do. There are only twenty-four hours in a day…am I right? (Jeez, I sure hope so…).
How can we fix this? How can we make sure that the writing half of our soul gets the same love and attention as the working half? Just like everything else in your schedule, it needs to become a habitat. You wake up at six a.m. everyday, take a shower, eat breakfast, brush your teeth, and it is natural because it has been apart of your life every single day for as long as you can remember. Well, writing needs to be the same. And I found some great tips from a website called WritingCooperative.com to help us out! According to them, you need to make a rule: commit to writing a thing each week. It could be anything!
Carry a note pad around or whip out that smartphone and text yourself (I do that when I forget my notepad) and write down anything just to exercise that beautiful writer’s brain of yours! WritingCooperative.com suggests writing a poem per week, a movie review per week, write a book chapter every week (that is what I do, and it sets a great balance), a character sketch, a short one-hundred-word story (about anything), write a personal experience that happened today, an emotion, literally anything! The sky is the limit, people!
You could set a goal to write a chapter for every week for one year and have a full novel at the end. Really, the possibilities are endless. Words are beautiful, and they miss you! Pencil in the time, your writer half will thank you.
Cox, Justin.Farnia,Sand. J,Stella.Jungton,Jessica. The 52-Week Writing Challenge. December 29, 2016. https://writingcooperative.com/the-52-week-writing-challenge-55210b483a21