Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Where have you been, Wendy?

Hi. I haven't actually been asked where I have been, but I am sure people have been wondering. Writing used to be a giant part of my life. After I decided to take writing seriously, I started promoting myself as an author which meant my name was everywhere. Not so much anymore. I haven't even been posting on Facebook, talking to my author friends, or blogging lately.

Why not? If you read my posts you probably already know that I'm in college and work. I also have an internship at a law firm. Besides that, I'm a single mom. So when I'm not doing all of the stuff required for college or work, I'm hanging out with my teenagers. Writing has taken a backseat in my life.

To add to all of the craziness going on, my power cord to my laptop died. My son's computer didn't have any word programs so I had to track one down. Money is limited these days so I had to come up with either a new cord or a word program without forking out the money. And nope... I didn't steal the program off the Internet either. A very good friend offered me a copy to put on my son's computer even though I prefer having my power cord replaced. All my books are on there.

Anyway, back to the writing issue. It has always annoyed me when writers would complain and whine that they didn't have enough time to write. I used to be busier then than I am now and managed to write 5 books in a year. "How do you do it?" writers often asked me. I always explained to them my 5 minute rule. Sit your butt down (or stand at a counter and type between stirring dinner if that's what it takes) for 5 minutes. I made myself do that every single day no matter what. It forced me in the habit of writing. When I didn't write, I felt like my day wasn't complete. More often than not, I ended up writing for more than 5 minutes.

So why aren't I writing now? During the week I'm exhausted. My job has my physically drained Monday through Friday. My school has me mentally drained during the week as well. When I have time to sit down and write during the week, I can't. The weekends are another issue. I have the time to write. And I just don't. I have turned into one of those whiny writers. Every Saturday and Sunday I can come up with other things I should be doing besides writing! Here, my friends, is where I am declaring my goal. I will not be one of those writers who irritate me because I will write for at least 5 minutes every single Saturday and Sunday!

Talk to you soon,
Wendy Ely


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