Linda Maye Adams

Rule P: make writing a Priority


Linda’s Rules of Writing

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Inspiration can come from anywhere, and we don’t have to wait for it.

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?

5 Comments

  1. I created a blog to help encourage me to write. Accountability seems to be the key.

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    • We do that at my critique group with a report on how we did for the week. Harder with revision because word count isn’t a good way to measure.

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  2. I think this is very true – if I don’t make my writing a priority it’s so easy to put it off and fill my time with other things. I make it a goal to write at least one blog a week, whether I publish it now or later. When I see this on my running list of to-do’s it keeps me accountable.

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    • I’m amazed at how fast things rush into to fill the space. There’s always something to do.

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