I know that a good critique group is beneficial.
I know that a good writing group is beneficial.
But I don’t really have either.
I have a circle of encouraging friends whom I love dearly.
And I have some lovely online friends who I communicate with.
I know the benefits I’m missing out on.
But, I am in a season which leaves me time poor.
The writing group I joined meet a fair distance away on a day that is nearly impossible for me to negotiate to get there. Every other writing group I’ve looked into has virtually the same scenario – I just can’t see myself committing to get there.
I write. I love to write. I know I’m not the best. But I have a humble confidence that I am gifted to create worthwhile stories that could really speak to people.
I recently challenged a friend who is often running late. Her response was, ‘walk a day in my shoes.’ My thoughts were … ‘Walk a day in mine!’ but I held my tongue and remembered that we all have our ‘lot’ to deal with.
Perhaps I need to focus more on my family, my friends and everything else that is going on in my world. But then I remember that writing brings joy to my soul. When I write I feel alive. Why would these stories keep coming to my mind, if it wasn’t my calling in life to write them down?
Recently, I heard the full story of an amazing family. I have known about their miraculous story for a couple of years, but to hear the story from beginning to end has inspired yet another book.
It left me pulling myself away from the computer all day. All I wanted to do was plot out my new storyline.
Right now these things are pressing for my time and energy… a court case, kids schooling, workbooks (kids) that need to be checked, college – reading, assignments etc. And outside of that I have hubby, family, friends, church etc. I have had a cold for over a month. I feel like I am finally getting over it – but I also feel completely behind in other things that need to be done – housework, mail, tidying etc.
So what do you do when you are time poor?
What do you do when you know what you need to do, but you can’t negotiate your way through your season to fit everything in?
I know this season is short. I must be patient.
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