Writing Crisis? 8 Reasons Why & How to Conquer Them: Part 6 of 8

Writing Crisis? 8 Reasons Why & How to Conquer Them: Part 6 of 8

Note: This is the sixth installation of an eight-part series. Did you miss part one? Read it here.
 Photo courtesy of Fabian Grohs on Unsplash

Photo courtesy of Fabian Grohs on Unsplash

Reason 6

I don’t have time to write.


To think, I used to complain about having no time to write. Then I had kids. Ha. Ha ha ha. Hahahahahahaha. #amwriting #youfindthetimeKathryn Hore @kahmelb

I like people. Sort of.

My friends are great. The family is pretty handy to have around. But I need “me” time.

I crave quiet for my thoughts and modes of creative expression. Writing and quilting and photography all fill my artistic well and keep the imagination humming.

Without this time to write and create, I get grumpy—mama-bear-protecting-her-young kind of grumpy.

Give me space. Or heads will roll.

(Pretty sure I mean that as an illustration, but there are moments, I wouldn’t mind some rolling.)

For me, it isn’t about finding the time, it is about the necessity of it.

I grab every opportunity to have my quiet and be creative.

Which makes everyone around me happier.

Sort of.


You know how you might insist on having a lunch break every day?․‥I treat writing a book as seriously as having lunchPip Lincolne
Too many writers use lack of time as an excuse not to write. When you say you don’t have the time, what you are really saying is, something else is more important right now than writing.Victoria Lynn Schmidt Ph.D
Figure out when you can write and then try to make that time sacred. Professional writers do this. Amateur writers don’t.Randy Ingermanson

Reason 6 Focus Question
Write down your answer.
Where does writing fit into your list of priorities?


Writing Exercise 6
  • Acquire a This-is-my-official-writing notebook.
  • The next time you watch television, take the notebook with you. During every commercial break, write in the notebook.
  • Before you go to sleep at night, write for five minutes in your notebook.
  • When you get up in the morning, write for five minutes in your notebook.
  • Set the alarm thirty minutes early and write for thirty minutes.
  • When you play Candy Crush, play one round of the game, then write for two minutes. Play another round of the game, write for ten minutes. Delete the stupid game off your phone and write for thirty minutes.
  • Lock the bathroom door and take a bubble bath (or as my niece once called it, “Daddy soup”). Write until the water cools and your toes are all wrinkled.
  • Repeat the steps as necessary. Every. Single. Day.

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