I remember all the tipsI found about writing when I was a teenager. It was all great advice. It’s just that I didn’t understand all of them. One was: “Don’t find time to write. Make time to write.” For a high school student, this idea was brilliant. I kept failing to write anything of length because there was always so much else to do. Forcing yourself to write is one of the best things a writer can do for themselves.
As I quickly approach the district’s summer holiday, I realize there is a new layer to this advice. It’s one thing to make room for writing in your day. It is another thing entirely to make room for writing in your life. I substitute teach and take odd jobs because it allows me to focus on writing and (most importantly) write every single day. Lately, I only take about two days off a month from writing/editing. I make the decision to write on a daily basis. But I also take it into account when i make decisions about my life.
And I wouldn’t change a thing.