Opportunities are marvellous things... but sometimes even opportunities end up becoming something that chews into your writing time. I’ve made some unfortunate decisions these past few weeks and by doing so, pretty much strangled the life out of my writing plans for this year.
I read a lot of blogs that set about giving you ways to make time to write (I’ve written one myself) but let’s face it, sometimes life just gets in the way. Sometimes, despite all your hard work and determination, things will happen to set you back or slow you down. In the past my reaction to these kinds of things would have been to throw every toy I had out the cot and stamped my feet screaming about how unfair my life is (maybe not on the outside but certainly I’ve thrown tantrums like that in my head on many occasion) but I am trying another approach in this hectic season I’m facing. I’m going to try and just ride it.
I have lost nothing of my vision for my writing goals but there are things in my life that need to be taken care of and I’m going to (for once) be the grown up and take care of them. It does mean less time for writing but it won’t be forever and thankfully I have incredible people surrounding me who support my dreams and push me to reach for them.
There’s a time for everything, I guess and right now life has to take priority over writing. It’s hard... especially since my reaction to pretty much everything in life is to write a story about it but who knows... maybe when this short season is over, all my ‘living’ would have made so much fuel for stories that I’ll finally get something published.
P.S. Oh, by the way. I won second place for the SAWC First Chapter of a Novel competition with a first chapter of a book I am slowly working on called, The Future Life of Legend. I also received a Highly Commended in that same competition for the first chapter of the reworked version of The Manuscript, now titled Out of the Darkness.