Rule P: make writing a Priority
Linda’s Rules of Writing
We’re onto the letter P in Linda’s Rules of Writing for the A to Z Challenge, and on the importance of priorities.
I used to wait for inspiration to come, and then I’d write. What invariably happened was I didn’t do much writing.
In fact, it wasn’t until I had a fight with my former cowriter that I understood that I needed to make it a priority. We were in submission to agents of our cowritten novel, and I was a little concerned about us learning how to make the tight deadlines publishers have. I’d been seeing deadlines of a year to write an entire book, and it had taken us a lot longer to do that.
He dismissed it, saying, “Everything is negotiable.” I had this immediate horrifying vision that I would be the one crashing on the deadline and doing all the work while he blew it off and got half the money and credit.
It made me realize I couldn’t wait for inspiration. I had to make inspiration.
It’s easy to find other things do, so writing has to be at the top of the priority list.
What do you make time for writing?