I have to admit that I’m looking forward to fall. First, it’s my absolutely favorite season. Cool mornings with a light fog and sipping hot coffee while watching through the front window as my children trudged down the street to the bus stop. Warm afternoons, I like to amble along a forest path, trees crowned with ruby, gold, and topaz leaves while the lost ones crunch under my feet. But best of all are the chill evenings, when I can curl up under my favorite wool throw, sip hot cocoa from my “reading” stoneware mug, and bury myself in one of my favorite authors while romantic music plays in the background.
Okay, okay…so this is a little idealistic. Fall is also the time when our lives start revving up after the doldrums of summer. The kids are back in school which means homework, teacher conferences, and after-class activities that can really cut into your writing time. Even those of us who don’t have children may find ourselves more pressed for time as we head into heavier schedules at work. All too soon, the holidays and all their time consuming activities will be upon us.
So it seems to me, now is the time to prioritize our needs. Even if we have to re-arrange our time tables, don’t let your writing get lost in the shuffle. And don’t forget to allow time to re-new your commitment to your writing. To restore your writing goals when it seems they’re getting lost in the bustle of living.
Reprinted by author from the award-winning Inklings newsletter.