WRITERS: PAY YOURSELF FIRST!

Monday, October 15, 2012


Blog? Tweet? Write something new? Revise current project? Go clean the house?

What to do? What to do?

There never seems to be enough time to get it all done and often the thing I really want to do, like write, gets put on the back burner. Everyone says you’ll make time for the things you find important but that’s not always true. Life often intervenes and messes up the best laid plans.

Several years ago I heard a financial planner say that one of the best strategies for dealing with a tight budget is to always pay yourself first, even if it’s only $5.00. The money saved will begin to mount up faster than you think. While contemplating how to fit working on my novel into my day, I recalled that advice and wondered if it would work with time. I decided to test it out.

Right then and there, I vowed to start my day early, between 5:30 AM and 6:00 AM, in front of my computer, Microsoft Word opened to a file containing one of several writing projects. During that time—my writing time—I would allow, no email, no Facebook, no Twitter, just click open my latest project and start writing. 

To my amazement, it’s working! Those 2 to 4 early morning writing hours are adding up. Writing projects are finally moving forward.

Pay yourself first—in writing time!  

Try it and let me know how it works for you. 

4 comments:

Carol Baldwin said...

Totally agree with you--except that I don;t think I can start writing that early in the morning. I have moved my writing-my-novel-time to first place whenever I can. It has definitely helped me produce more, that's for sure!

Linda Vigen Phillips said...

Sandra, you are a like-minded soul! My best hours of the day are always early, when I can keep with the discipline, that is! And I love the idea of paying yourself first. Great words of wisdom. I hope it keeps working well for you and will look forward to reading the results.

Laura Renegar said...

Great post! Like Carol, I'm not a morning person, but I find it is much easier to focus when I unplug from the internet.

Gretchen Griffith said...

Thanks for this post, Sandra. It's helped me look at my writing habits and do a little adjusting.

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Hi! I’m Sandra Warren, a writer with very eclectic writing tastes. I’ve been fortunate to have publications in multiple genres including children’s, gifted education, parenting, how to, poetry, journal, educational activity guides and biography as well as audio and video production. I'm a city gal recently transplanted to the mountains of NC where glorious mountain vistas inspire latest renderings.

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