When I was in high school, I thought I was busy. I had church youth group, youth orchestra, early morning scripture study class, after school stuff, accelerated classes, multiple AP/IB tests every spring, something like a social life, etc.
My dad told me I’d only get busier—with college classes, activities, papers, socially stuff. Then you’re working—often more than 40 hours a week—spending time with family, responsibilities at church, hobbies.
And then we had kids.
A lot of times when you talk to someone who falls among the 90% of the population who wants to write a book, they’ll smile wistfully and say, “I wish I had time for that.”
Surveys show that most people do want to write (or to have written) a book. And yet most people don’t actually do it. The minority who do write a book aren’t all just a lot less busy than those who don’t.
It means that we make choices—often hard choices—to create the time to write. The correct response to those wistful smiles might be “If you want it bad enough, you make time.” Because if you wait until you’re not “too busy,” you’ll probably be waiting until it’s too late.
Yes, life does have its seasons, and some times will be easier to make the time to write. But if you can’t find even 15 minutes a day, then maybe you need to look at the reasons why.
There’s really no time like the present.
How do you find time to write?
Photo by Grant MacDonald