Back to the Writing Challenge

Hello readers! It’s been an inexcusably long time since I’ve written, but now that the new semester has begun and I have a snow day to catch up, I’m re-committing to Writerly Life. As I’ve written many times in the past, business is no excuse for neglecting the projects in your life that you truly care about. Managing a creative life is about prioritizing, and while it’s certainly possible to be over-programmed, it’s often surprising how much time and energy you can make for yourself in the day if you care enough about finding it.

So although my schedule is more full than it has ever been before, I’m taking that as a challenge to re-focus on what my priorities are. I’m working hard at keeping new writing projects in the works even as I concentrate on polishing and sending out my novel manuscript; and I’m also committed to keeping my online writing going. I’ll keep up with the usual regular updates, thoughts, and tips related to the writing life.

So how do you make room for your creative goals, readers? I’d be delighted to hear what little methods or strategies you have for keeping a thread of creativity in your life.


  1. Michael Washburn says:

    I am constantly getting ideas for stories – on the subway, sitting in cafes over a newspaper, in the shower, at my desk at work. The ideas would quickly slip away if I did not keep a notebook for jotting down creative concepts and making outlines. It may sound simple and obvious, and it is, but this method has helped me find the discipine to write time and again. As many people know, writing is not an easy proposition – a big and hugely focused undertaking with no guarantee that your efforts will ever be rewarded – but if you feel that you have at least worked out the concepts and structure of what you want to write, you may feel that you are on a solid creative footing, and the process goes more smoothly and easily.

    Sorry to re-invent the wheel, but this is what works for me.

  2. mary brady says:

    Keeping a notebook to write down ideas & sketch quick ideas is a tried & true method, & it does work. Now, if I can remember always to keep the damn notebook WITH me at all
    times…I think pen & paper is the most efficient ‘tool’ one can use, as far as keeping notes. All the fancy technology in the world is useless if you don’t USE it. We all know how to use a notebook.

    (If you DO use new gadgets, great. If not, default to the notebook.)

    I find, too, that if I do even a small bit of art every day, I remain connected to it, & I start to find bigger expanses of time to work on projects. It keeps me feeling like ‘an artist’ & that is VERY important to me.

    It is also important to make it a priority. You can say, “I already made plans” in order to get out of distracting engagements & do your art. Your art IS important & it IS
    what you ‘planned’ to do.

    I hope more folks write in about this because I’d really like to hear how others find time to do their art. But, then, each one of us simply has to sit down & do it, I guess. Not many ‘magic bullets’…

    L&K, MaryB

  3. Frank says:

    wow!!!!!! nice idea.

    to participate in Writing our Life’s first Fourteen-Day Writing Challenge, and guess what? It’s free! That’s right. It doesn’t cost we a cent. we are only investment is a small amount of time, and the results could be life changing. This fun challenge starts on February 1st, and this is how the challenge works:
    I think writing something every day is good for us. The amount is up to you—write a paragraph, a page, or ten pages.

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