As writers one of the things we never seem to have enough of is time. I am guessing that most writers reading this would agree with me. Just like the picture, time is here and then it flies away, never to be caught again.
We are living in a world which is increasingly frenzied. I know I certainly am. I try to pack too much into each day, forgetting that time is not a stretchable commodity but fixed. A good example of this is that I am writing this blog at 23:57. The blog is to be scheduled for 00:30. I've known all day that I need to write this blog and yet time just seemed to slip away - every minute taken up with other things, all urgent. Again, I am sure there will be many heads nodding here.
Writers can fill their time with many activities, writing, editing, promotion, public speaking, more editing, planning for the next book - The list is endless. Add into the mix the fact that we also live in the real world so cooking, cleaning, shopping, family and friends are all equally important. Most writers are also trying to update their skills so attend courses, and conferences. Attending conferences leads to networking. All of these activities are admirable but they take up that most precious of resources time. As Christian writers we also want to spend time with God and with our Church families.
It is no wonder that many writers reach burnout status. They are so busy chasing their tales (pun intended) that they forget to relax and look after themselves. So my plea to all writers reading this today is to stop for a moment and think. Plan in time to look after yourself and to do something pleasurable. This could be something as simple as taking a walk in the park, or it could be more complex like arranging an outing or a holiday. Whatever it is forget that you are a writer and just immerse yourself in the experience. Experience new things and allow them to change your perception of time. Yes, the books are important, but so are you.
Ecclesiastes 3:4 says there is a time to weep and a time to laugh. I would like to use that as a basis for my own exhortation, there is a time to write and a time to relax. That relaxation should include a lot of laughter and a healthy dose of fun.
About the Author
Wendy H. Jones lives in the beautiful City of Dundee, Scotland. The Detective Inspector Shona McKenzie Mysteries are set in this city. The first three books in the series, Killer's Countdown, Killer's Craft and Killer's Cross are available through Waterstones, Amazon and her website. The fourth book in the series, Killer's Cut will be released on 18th April, 2016. Her non fiction book, Power Packed Book Marketing: Sell More Books will be released on 12th March, 2016.
DI Shona Mckenzie's Guide to Killing Your Boss is available as a free download from her website