Both of my boys are well into their Summer All Star baseball seasons, my husband is coaching one of their teams, plus last week was the first of two weeks of Vacation Bible School this summer that I am one of the directors of. The next season of baseball, with some exciting changes on the horizon, is deep in the planning stages which has also pulled a lot of mental energy from not just myself but nearly everyone around me. It feels like I have been elbow deep in everything but my book lately, and it's frustrating.
Writing during the summer is always hard, but this year it seems worse than normal. I just feel like I can't find any time to sit and work.
This morning I realized I had about an hour before I needed to be in yet another meeting, and first thought to myself, "There is no way I'm going to get anything up on the website this week. There isn't enough time." Then I stopped. I was making excuses for myself, and I needed to call myself on it. I had an hour. Yes, I need to swap the laundry and maybe even put on some mascara before heading out the door, but I can make it work. I could find a way to manufacture enough minutes inbetween everything going on, but what do I write about?
Then I realized that what I was dealing with was exactly the topic I needed. I know I'm not alone.
You may only have a few minutes today, but use them. This blog post isn't very long, but it doesn't need to be. Take just a little time and jot down some notes on your story, or add some dialogue to a scene you are working on. I am a big fan of using the voice-to-text on my phone, so I can talk through part of my story and then, in a few minutes another time, clean it up.
You probably got to this blog from Facebook or Twitter. I'm glad you found it. Now put your phone away, or close that window, and go write something.