Strength – What Does it Have to do With Writing? #MFRWauthor

 

We’re up to Week #12 of the #MFRWauthor blog challenge and the topic for this week is telling you all about what I consider to be my greatest strength.

I can’t wait to see what the other authors in this blog challenge say about theirs but, for me, I’d have to say my strength is “stick-to-it-iveness.” And, I need every ounce I can get because writing is a challenge in so many ways:

  • There is never enough time in a day/evening/weekend/week/month to write the scenes that are bouncing around in my head
  • I work a day job (therefore, see bullet point #1)
  • I have a wonderful hubby with whom I want to spend time
  • I have an elderly father and I also want to spend quality time with him
  • My house needs cleaning
  • My yard needs tending (although, the other day, I gave in and pushed off writing to finally pull the foot tall weeds out of the garden I’ve been neglecting – so, yay, me!)
  • I have at least 17,834 things on my “to-do” list
  • I can barely get into my closet for lack of sorting and discarding old clothes
  • I have family and friends who want to hear from me occasionally
  • I have marketing to do and blog posts (ahem) to write
  • I’m trying to fit in half marathons and other shorter races between manuscripts because running is my hobby and I have to have something that gets my head out of my manuscripts once in awhile

Most readers don’t realize how much time it takes to write a book. What takes a few hours to read might take a few weeks, months, or years to write. You’ve got to be dedicated to be an author, my friends.

Which bring me back to my point about my strength – if I can’t stick to writing by giving it a certain chunk of time every day, I’ll never be able to complete another ebook. So, I try to set aside time time to write either before or after work and I give up most of my weekends to writing.

I love the challenge and I’ve got the strength to keep going. Sure, it’s tough, but there’s nothing like the feeling of typing “The End” at the bottom of a page!

Check out what the other authors in this blog hop have to say about their personal strengths. Visit them by clicking on these links:

 

12 thoughts on “Strength – What Does it Have to do With Writing? #MFRWauthor

  1. Meka James says:

    Setting up a writing time is key. That’s something I just learned this past September. It’s made a world of difference in how I view and handle my writing. It’s a balancing act. Most of us have families, jobs, responsibilities that also need attention.

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  2. Shari Elder Stories (@ShariElderBooks) says:

    Here, here! Persistence is essential. I’m in the same boat. Full time job, teen age kid, family and community obligations, books to write, marketing to do, bills to pay, taxes, chauffeuring, dog to walk, laundry, food shopping and dare I periodically take in a movie. Its the willingness to never give up, that matters.

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    • RobinMichaela says:

      I tend to feel guilty if I take time away from writing to go to a movie, etc, don’t you? Giving myself permission can be tough because of my persistence (maybe I should rephrase it to “obsession,” lol?).

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  3. storimom2 says:

    LOL…back when I worked in a factory during my breaks in college, I kept a notebook in the break room. During the two hour work time, my characters would ‘talk’ to me, then when the bell went off, I ran upstairs and happily wrote as much of it as I could in those 15 minutes. I also scarfed down my lunch so I could write during my 30 minute lunch break:)

    The family thankfully realizes that when Mom’s not written in a while and all of a sudden the floodgates open, to just leave me alone until I stop. Because yes, there is TV shows to watch, food to fix (silly family; I taught them all to make Mac-n-cheese, didn’t I? Feed yourself! LOL!), and a house to clean (again, they ALL know how to dust and vacuum!).

    I used to say Spring/Summer was my favorite time of the year; now it’s back-to-school time, since I ‘get my life’ back!

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  4. RobinMichaela says:

    Thankfully, my day job gives me lots of time to think, so I’m able to work out plot details and think of things my characters should say and do. The problem is that I get a great idea, but often can’t get away to write it down. Then, when I finally get the chance, I’m left wracking my brain for a clue to whatever I wanted to remember. So, a notebook is a great idea! (And, I need to start writing during my lunch hour, too…)

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