Demand Your Writing Time!

by Deborah Owen

We live in a busy world. In spite of push-button washers and dryers, dishwashers, microwaves, convection ovens, and the latest in transportation and telecommunications, we are busier now than ever before.

Hobby writing gets pushed to the bottom of a very long list of priorities, but perhaps your desire is still there and that’s why you’re reading this article.

Tell your family and friends you won’t be answering the phone because this is your time to write. Tell your husband, wife, or children not to interrupt you unless there is a critical emergency. Tell them how important your writing is to you.

Go to a separate room with a pen and paper or a computer, and begin writing. You may not think of anything to say at first. You may even wonder where all the ideas went. Fear not, they will return.

To get started trywriting a biography, or write about your mate or friends, family, parents, childhood, pets, children or how pillows are madewrite about anything at all. It doesn’t matter what you write, just take the time and write. Try to do it at the same time every day and within a week or two your Muse will begin to visit you.

The Muse is what every writer lives for. It makes words fly to your head so fast that you can’t type fast enough to get it all on paper. The Muse will often visit at night, so keep a pen, paper, and small flashlight by your bed.

Inform your body that writing is a priority. Some people go to a special room to write. Some write in the basement or attic. Some find their Muse in a cabin or by the sea. It doesn’t matter where you go as long as you are comfortable.

Just as a child needs nurturing, so does your Muse. If you don’t feed it, it will die and you will be sure to regret it. Jump in with both feet. Be bold! Be brave!

Take charge of your life, and enjoy writing. It’s like any other gift– use it or lose it!

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4 thoughts on “

  1. Thank you for the reminder Deborah.

    Like many on here, I do love writing but I neglect it because of duties that I thought were more important than my passion for expressing my thoughts. Just recently I have finally shove some tasks off my calendar to cater to writing. I even joined a blog writing contest and well I feel that I gave it all. 🙂

    “The Muse will often visit at night, so keep a pen, paper, and small flashlight by your bed.” I couldn’t agree more with this line. It happened to me on so many times that just when I am about to doze off, my head is filled with thoughts that I would want to right them down. Sometimes they’re sequences of thoughts stitched by one reasoning to another, yet there are times the thoughts are absolutely non-coherent that they come out as sort of quotes!

    Continue inspiring us to write.


    1. Thank you for your kind letter. I apologize for not replying, but it was because a hacker rendered me helpless.

      I want to explain about the muse. The muse is a conglomerate name for inspirations that we shelter in our mind. During the day, we live on a massive time-schedule, insomuch that we almost have to schedule potty breaks. When our head hits the pillow and the cares of the day begin to welcome the sweet arms of slumber, the muse creeps in to whisper a tasty tidbit. If you want to catch the muse, you have to be ready. Think of it as laying a mousetrap. Be prepared with a pen, paper, and flashlight.

      When the muse comes, grab that little sucker by the toe and don’t let go until you have written the last thing it said. You may be thinking that you would be up all night if you did that. Yes, you could be. I can’t tell you how to arrange your schedule, but I can tell you this — your best writing will come when the muse comes to visit. Keep up the good work! Deb


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