Monday, April 16, 2012
N is for NO!
If the concession stand at the track meet needs an extra hand, I volunteer.
If the Music Boosters could use a couple pies for the spaghetti supper fundraiser, I volunteer.
When I see open time slots for Dog Walkers at the Humane Society, I have to stop myself from writing my name down for too many days.
Yes, I'll do it.
It's no trouble at all.
And it's really not. I like to help. The only problem with being generous with my time is that my writing time suffers.
When I wrote my first novel-length manuscript, I managed to clear the calendar. I didn't volunteer for anything. I turned down sub jobs. I made a daily word goal, and wrote a 50,000 word first draft in 30 days. And I haven't been able to produce like that since. Why? Because I fell off the 'just-say-no' wagon.
If you find your writing time being whittled away, take a look at how you spend your days. Are there activities you can cut from your schedule to make more time for writing? Could you share a volunteer commitment with someone else to cut the time in half? Saying 'no', at least temporarily, might help you reach your writing goals in no time.