One of the things I do to support my writing is follow the blogs of other writers. I learn about trends in publishing, find ideas and inspiration, and take comfort that I’m not the only crazy person doing this. One blog I follow is Becca’s Byline, and today Becca posted a great piece on the relationship between work and time.
She quotes from A Writer’s Time by Kenneth Atchity, in which he notes: “Instead of trying to finish your work, you need merely find time to do your work; then simply concentrate on doing it the best you can.” There never seems to be a shortage of work, but there is very often a shortage of time in which to do it. Some types of work, such as writing, expand or contract to fill up whatever amount of time is available. Focusing on the product in such instances may not be nearly as useful as focusing on the process.
Setting aside time to write is more than half the battle for most writers. Once we do that, there are any number of resources to turn to should we find ourselves at a loss — blocked, blank, confused, whatever. Even poor writing is practice, and our worst days at the keyboard or notepad still get us that much closer to our goals.
If you don’t have an hour to spare, give it fifteen minutes. They will add up as the days pass, in habits as well as in words. You never know where that momentum might take you.