Not long ago, we had an interesting exchange in another network with a writer friend, about our mutual need to write. She said that if she doesn’t get the opportunity to write four or five hours per day, she doesn’t feel like a “real” writer. She said that she would choose not to write at all, if she couldn’t spend a large amount of time, in one sitting, writing.
We responded that we schedule a dedicated two hours each week at Panera to write; and that we try to squeeze in more writing during our lunch hour at work, and on other occasional evenings at home. We also write all day both Saturday and Sunday, whenever time with family permits.
We told her that we didn’t mind only getting a short amount of time to write each week; it is far better for us to write a little every day than to not write at all.
Writing is not a choice for us, at Grey Wolfe Publishing. We must write. It is as essential to our happiness, mental health, and we think, our physical health, to write on a regular basis. We equate writing to breathing. If we don’t do it on a regular basis, we're not happy, healthy people. Our partners even notice those times when we haven’t been writing and encourage us to get back to it; realizing that it’s important for us.
We are reminded of a quote by Gertrude Stein; “To Write is To Write....” We don’t think that being a “real” writer (as opposed to a synthetic writer) is something that is measured in hours or minutes. We think it is something that is measured by dedication and passion to the craft, and a true love for the story you want to tell.
We carve out dedicated time every week, at the very least, to write. We schedule it the way we would any other appointment, as simply something we cannot miss. And nothing could be more true. Any additional time we find to write more in our projects, we consider desert. And we savor it as we would fine chocolate.
True chocolatiers don’t only spend their “working time” making confections. They spend any time they can find mixing and creating new chocolate creations. Their worth as a chocolate connoisseur is not measured by years, months, weeks or days. No, their value is measured by the wonderment their creations confide within us. The end product is what makes a good chocolatier great. Just as it is a well-crafted book that makes a good writer a great author. And that’s not about time.
Diana Kathryn Plopa
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