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Sep
6
2017

The Magic Hourglass: The Writer's Quest -- by Lilaia

The glass has been shattered, and the sand has run out. So, fellow writers, hear me out. Stop looking for the bauble that will make time flow within your palm like a river. It doesn't exist. It never has.

''How do I find time for my writing?'' people ask. ''You don't find it,'' I reply. ''You make it, for nobody will give it to you.'' Not the most satisfactory answer, I suppose. But true nonetheless. When there's a will, there's a way. Family, friends, job, duties, they all swallow up big chunks from our life. In the end, we feel drained, our body devoid of energy, our mind languid.

But I wonder frequently. Do we use that as a shield? A convenient excuse so as not to come face to face with the fears and insecurities we experience regarding our craft? After all, it's a safe route to walk upon in order to mollify ourselves at the prospect of failure and disappointment.

The productive, hard-working writers are not such because of luck and idleness. No, their achievements are the fruit of priority. If we truly wish to pen something worth reading, then we better make writing our priority. We shall not wait for time to land on our hands as if it's our given right. No. We have to milk the days and the nights. We have to squeeze the seconds and the minutes like we squeeze the last drops out of a succulent orange.

Nobody said writers must sit down on their chair and write from dawn till dusk or else their are not real writers (wouldn't that be a lovely though?). But if we want to pursue this professionally, then we better make the most of every opportunity that climbs up our lap. Half an hour in the morning, a quarter in the evening, twenty minutes before we slip into dreamland. That is more than enough.

Good writing isn't finished overnight. It's done word by word, sentence by sentence, paragraph by paragraph, chapter by chapter. All else is fiction (no pun intended). So, my fellow writers, stop seeking for that enchanted trinket that gifts people with everstreaming time. It's as fruitful as Ponce de León's quest for the Fountain of Youth.

 

 

Posted by Lilaia 6 Sep at 01:07
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Victor6791 7 Sep at 11:24  
I agree. Indeed, this is a hard lesson for many struggling writers to comprehend. Managing time to write enough everyday is one of the many hurdles writers face behind the scenes of their published work.
Michigan92 7 Sep at 23:49  
This speaks to me
Patmonden 10 Sep at 21:35  
Yes I agree, I am a devoted father of six young children and like to be very active at home domestically and also be directly interactive on a personal fatherly level. Therefore time for writing is scarce but like the practice of meditation or even just exercise even with that spare 15 minutes consistently allot can be achieved. Its true that if you have the passion and commitment you will find that time...
Richerald 12 Sep at 11:29  
'we better make the most of every opportunity that climbs up our lap' - we may have the same 24 hours as twentieth century authors but heavens! the opportunities in this digital era of transferring thoughts into e-ink when on planes, in trains and ferries, and in the queue at the checkout and running in the gym are so numerous and so exciting I should have completed several sci-fi trilogies. Should have.... if only I understood how to use the technology
Lilaia 12 Sep at 13:07  
Quote by: Richerald
'we better make the most of every opportunity that climbs up our lap' - we may have the same 24 hours as twentieth century but heavens! the opportunities in this digital era of transferring thoughts into e-ink when on planes, in trains and ferries, and in the queue at the checkout and running in the gym are so numerous and so exciting I should have completed several sci-fi trilogies. Should have.... if only I understood how to use the technology


That's why it's always easier and more practical to carry with us a notebook and a pen wherever we go. That's what I do. I prefer the classic route.

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