I had two weeks of pushing myself to the limits, titled death weeks by boot camps. But lo and behold! I have survived and returned, now a conqueror of strings boot camp and karate boot camp. I’ve encountered countless struggles such as garbage intonations, self-doubts, and sore muscles (from various reasons spanning from playing viola for five~six hours to sparring with black belts). And as you can guess from my presence here as a post, I am somewhat operational.
Originally, I had already outlined a post in my mind about blow-your-mind-level YA books I’ve encountered this year (because that seldom happens in YA) when I realized that this week was my writing blog topic, not reading. Argh!
Alwith, I have had countless valuable insights from learning to write music. Because I was away from all the business at home, I could bang out more wordcounts than normal. I’m hoping I can keep up this pace. But even if I don’t, as long as I keep writing, that’s what matters…And this leads me to the topic today, To Write or Not to Write,
A. To Write
Writing consistency, in case you might have noticed, is one of the main reasons there are such things as amateurs and professional writers. If there was one thing I learned over my past three years of “serious” writing, it’s that consistency is key. As with anyone looking to become a professional– says, a professional violist–they need to put in a consistent amount of practice time. And like my viola teacher/Shihan would say, not just any kind of time. It has to be quality practise time. Note: they never tell me to put in an insane amount of time. Just a daily, repeating effort. For my viola, I only practise about an hour or two a day. For karate, maybe five to thirty minutes. But if in that hour/five minutes, I have laser focus to tackle the areas I need to work in, I can come out of it with a better set of skills than the time I went in.
This resonates true for writing. If you can fit in five minutes of writing every day, that alone can help with consistency. I wrote everyday for thirty days once, and it really helped me form a habit of writing. Now, if I miss a day of writing, I start feeling nauseous. And one thing that really helps in building consistency is to have a set time. For me, early morning works best because my distractions are all asleep.
B. To NOT Write
Now you might be wondering, “Writing everyday sounds wonderful and all. But what if you simply have no time whatsoever to write?” Before we go on any further, I beg you, dear comrades, to ask yourselves, “Is writing a priority to me?” Please do not be offended. However, this is the exact question that I, too, had to answer. Because the reason we have no time to write is not that we don’t have any. Everyone has the same twenty-four hours every day. Some write in that slot, some cannot. And the reason is all about priority.
I, for example, have college looming in the near future. Due to my high aspirations coupled with the fact I am homeschooled, I have to make sure I have a solid battle plan to hit my marks. This means I have to study close to eight or nine hours a day. That still feels like it’s not enough. Plus, I wish to minor in viola, so I might need to bump up a few things that way. Yet writing is my love. I still manage to fit in writing amidst all the stress and chaos of my senior year. Often enough, if you ruthlessly comb through your day, you would find those pockets of time you spend in unproductivity from mindlessly browsing the social media, etc., etc.
However, I do understand that there are times when you really need a break from your writing. I had a time earlier this year when I took a break due to my mental health conditions. Sometimes you might be physically or mentally too sick to write. And that’s okay. But ultimately, it was my writing that helped me express my thoughts and feelings, and to get over them.
So in the end, I would say that writing is a 95% job. For the most part, you have the time and ability to write and to get in that daily writing time. However, there are instances of 5% when you absolutely cannot write. My advice to you, dear comrades, is this:
What do you think, comrades? What are some ways you invent your writinig time? I would love to talk with you!