Most people make resolutions each year and break them within a couple of weeks. Others make them and actually do all they possibly can to make their resolutions happen. One year I made the resolution to not drink any sodas for an entire year. Considering what a Dr Pepper addict I was, most people didn’t think I could keep the resolution. They expected me to be tipping one back within a week at most. But I was determined. Very determined. I made it the entire year and as the clock struck midnight for the next year, I tipped my can of Dr Pepper back and took a swallow for the first time in over a year. It tasted just as good as I remembered.
One of my New Year’s resolutions this year was to make my writing more of a priority this year. To write every day and complete three manuscripts this year, the first by April 30th. By my calculations, this only means three and a half pages a day. Not that many considering that I can usually knock that out relatively quickly if I focus. Sadly, my goal doesn’t seem to be as in reach as I’d hoped by this point. Matter of fact, between a seven month old at home and a demanding job, my goals for writing this year have gotten a little behind.
Only about twenty pages into my current manuscript and about thirty pages behind.
So, it’s time, I’ve decided to reprioritize. Obviously thinking I would just find the time and everything would work out, isn’t working. So, I’ve decided to try a different approach.
I’m going to schedule my writing time. Just like I schedule my meetings, Little Man’s doctor’s appointments, and time with the girls, I’m going to pencil in time for writing. Every night between 9 PM and 10 PM, I’ll be staring at my computer screen, hoping the muse is whispering in my ear.
TV is going to be off (or I’ll be in the bedroom if Hottie is watching it), the blog will be waiting either before nine or after ten, and I’ll be plugging away.
Here’s to being determined. Very determined.