What? I Can Write! Time is Golden

“A man may write at any time, if he will set himself doggedly to it.”—Samuel Johnson

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Time is Golden

Roman poet Virgil wrote, “Time is flying never to return.” Two millennia later, American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow echoed the same thought: “Art is long, and Time is fleeting.” In more recent years, the Steve Miller Band has reminded us that “Time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’ into the future.”

Time may seem like a limitless commodity, but in reality every second that passes is a tiny bit of time that we can never recover. I’m not trying to wax philosophical here but simply pointing out that time has a way of getting away from us if we are not careful, and before we know it we discover that things we fully intended to do have gone undone while we tended to other, lesser things. How often have you allowed the tyranny of the urgent to prevent you from dealing with the things in your day that are truly most important?

This question hits home for all of us who write. Many would-be writers complain that they simply don’t have time to write. In a few rare instances that may be so, but for most it is merely an excuse. The old axiom is still true that we will make time for that which is most important to us.

How important is your writing to you? Important enough to give up an hour or two of television or web-surfing every day so you can write? Important enough to get up an hour or two earlier every morning so you can do some writing before work? Important enough to use your commuting time to write (as long as you aren’t driving!)?

Successful writers find or make time to write. The key is to find the time that works best for you and then follow it consistently.

Time is golden! Don’t squander it!

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