How To Guard Your Writing Time [Guest Post]

Today’s blog post is written by Ari Meghlen. Thanks, Ari!

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Firstly, thanks so much to Rachel for inviting me onto her awesome blog and share my thoughts with all her readers.

Unless you’re a full-time writer, you will have to carve out time for your writing throughout a million and one other tasks from errands, to chores, to a job etc.

So, you need to guard your writing time and here are some simple tips to start you off:

Set a Commitment

Give yourself a commitment.  Whether that’s a daily word count, a monthly scene quota or just a single deadline to complete the first draft.  Write it down.  Put it somewhere you can see it every day when you sit down to write.  Add in a reward for yourself for when you reach that commitment.

Decide the Outcome

Knowing what you want to have done when you sit down to write will reduce delays.  If you’re a plotter, keep your outline close and know what part you want to be writing that day.  If you’re a pantser, decide what you want to be writing – a chapter, a scene etc.

This will save you wasting time sitting before a blank screen wondering what you should write.  The point is to use as much of your writing time actually writing.

Don’t Answer the Phone

If you are not waiting for a specific call, and it’s not an emergency, don’t answer the phone.  If you are able, put your mobile phone on silent during the time of your writing.  You can always ring people back after your writing session.

Turn your phone face down, so that you don’t see it lighting up when you get a text or a call.

Limit your Email Checks

Pick a time for checking your emails and then shut them down and stay out of the Inbox.  Like the calls, unless you are expecting an important email, keep yourself logged out during your writing time.  Emails can wait.

You can even set up an automatic out of office message to bounce to anyone who emails you, letting them know when you will be responding.

Time is Money

When you work a job, you give up time in exchange for money.  Considering your time in terms of money, can really help you to give it its due priority.  It can also help you protect it more effectively and be more likely to say no to unwanted distractions and interruptions.

Let go of Perfection

If you are writing your first draft, don’t aim for perfection right off the bat.  Just get it written.  In the past I got caught up in a cycle of writing and editing.  What happened?  I struggled to get anything finished.  I would get stressed and bounce to a new story.

When I decided to push through and actually stop editing as I was writing my first drafts, (which was really hard) I started to finish things.  This was a great boost as it made me write more in each sitting.

Remember that no one cares as much about your writing time as you do.  Just a few small steps can help you set aside time for your writing and protect that time.

About Ari

Ari Meghlen | Guest Post | How To Guard Your Writing Time | Blogging | Creative Writing | RachelPoli.comAri is a writer of both traditional fantasy and preternatural urban fantasy.  She also blogs about writing and runs the Twitter Writing Game #TheMerryWriter with Rachel :)

When not deep in her worlds full of scheming monsters, vengeful demons or lost souls, Ari spends her time reading, making jewellery, playing boardgames (not very well) and wandering aimlessly about in nature.

Most days she is surrounded by her noisy cats and an ever-growing pile of books though she also enjoys watching really bad movies with her boyfriend.

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My Biggest Writing Fear [& Guest Post Opportunities!]

As writers, we all have fears, insecurities, and doubts about what we do. Being a creator isn’t easy and while it can be relaxing we put our heart and soul into our work. We keep creating though – writing, drawing, making music – whatever it is you do, you keep creating. Still, there are some days when you feel unsure about yourself and your work. So, here’s my biggest writing fear.

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My Writing Fear

If you know me and you’ve been following this blog for a while, then I assume you know I want to make a living writing. I want to publish books, write articles, and do anything that has to do with writing. There are other things I want to do but haven’t tried yet because time and… well, I plan on too many projects at once.

I say I want to make a living writing, which means I want it for my career and make money from my words. When I say that, I don’t mean I want to be “rich” or “famous” I just want to live comfortably doing what I love for a living. I don’t write for the money, I write because I love it. Unfortunately, in order for me to write all the time, I need to make money off it. It’s kind of an annoying cycle.

With that, I’m most afraid of failing.

No, not failing to make a decent income from my money so I can write comfortably and spend the rest of my days with my imaginary friends. I’m afraid of failing in the way that no one will enjoy my stories.

I think this is a common writing fear – or common fear in general for any creator. You’re afraid of failing in a way that you’ll pour your heart and soul into something and no one will enjoy it.

The truth is, not everyone in the world is going to enjoy your work. Everyone has different likes and dislikes, have different opinions, and view things with a unique perspective. If someone doesn’t enjoy your work, it doesn’t mean that it’s “bad.” It just wasn’t right for that particular person.

I know all this and yet, I still panic about publishing my first book. I’ve put it off for so long because I’ve been afraid no one would buy it or they wouldn’t enjoy it if they did buy it. It’s a vicious cycle. It’s one of those things though that you just have to do it. Work hard and do your best, but you just have to get it out there and do it.

I was super nervous when I posted by very first Short Story Sunday on here. I felt as though it was a test for me. If people responded well to my short stories then maybe I could get away with publishing something. Almost seven years later, nearly 250 shorts and poems later, and I have met quite a few people – readers and writers alike – who have been very supportive, encouraging, and give me constructive criticism. I wouldn’t do anything different and I’m proud to be part of such an awesome community.

Accepting Rejection

It sounds like an oxymoron, but it’s good advice. As a writer, you need to be willing to accept rejection. Not everyone is going to enjoy your work, but there are people out there who will love it.

The fear will always be there as will the nerves, but it’s just something you have to push through. It’s a risk you should be willing to take.

Guest Posts for 2019

I’ll be doing something a little different in 2019 for guest posts. I’m limiting the guest post dates to 24 throughout the year – two dates each month. One guest each month (12 of them) will be normal guest posts where people can pitch a topic based on creative writing or reading and express their thoughts in their own article.

The other 12 guest posts, one for each month, will be under a theme. I’m bringing Inspiration Station back and 2019’s theme will be all about Writing Fears and How to Overcome Them. We’re all have similar fears, but we each have different perspectives on these fears and some might differ than others. I think this would be a fun topic of discussion so we can encourage each other a bit and learn we’re not alone with our fears.

All guest posts, especially the themed ones, are first-come, first-serve. I’m not sure how fast these dates will fill up, but if you would like to write a guest post for my blog in 2019, then be sure to send me an email as soon as possible.

For guest post guidelines, more information, and contact information, you can read the Guest Post Guidelines here. Any questions, don’t hesitate to ask. I look forward to hearing from you!

What’s your biggest writing fear? Let me know in the comments below. If you want to get in-depth about your answer, be sure to check out the Guest Post Guidelines page. If you liked this post, please share it around.

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Sabbath By Yecheilyah Ysrayl [I Am Soul Blog Tour – Guest Post]

It’s my pleasure to welcome Yecheilyah Ysrayl to my blog for the I Am Soul Blog Tour!

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I just wanna turn off my brain.
Not completely, just enough to gather my breath
and lay it at the head of the bed.
A temporary moment to which renewal finds itself,
Back to my pillow
to which I may die,
And in the same second be reborn.
I want my eyes to bow in submission to my bones,
And my soul to fall slowly to the contours of this mattress.
And for a second pretend that the world has dissolved around me.
For a second, for just a moment, let me lay my body
at the foot of sleep’s doorstep,
Pretend to swim with the clouds,
And at the same moment,
taste of rejuvenation’s delicacies.

About Yecheilyah Ysrayl

Yecheilyah Ysrayl | I Am Soul Author | Blog Tour | Book Blogger | Blogging | RachelPoli.comYecheilyah (e-SEE-li-yah, affectionately nicknamed EC) is an Author, Blogger, and Poet and lives in Marietta, GA with her wonderful husband. She has been writing poetry since she was twelve years old and joined the UMOJA Poetry Society in High School where she learned to perfect her craft. In 2010, at 23 years-old, Yecheilyah published her first collection of poetry and in 2014, founded Literary Korner Publishing and The PBS blog where she enjoys helping other authors through her blog interviews and book reviews. The PBS Blog has been named among Reedsy’s Best Book Review blogs of 2017 and 2018 and has helped many authors in their writing journey. I am Soul is her fourth collection of poetry.

Fun Facts about Yecheilyah:

  • She loves to laugh, and her favorite comedy TV show is Blackish
  • She is originally from Chicago, IL
  • She’s been married to her husband 8 years, together for 11 years
  • She believes eggs makes everything better
  • She is a twin
  • She is addicted to reading and new notebooks
  • Her favorite desert is ice cream

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If You Can Dream It… [Guest Post]

Please help me welcome DreamItRealiseIt to my blog!

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Dear valued reader,

I would like to speak directly to you to offer you advice and guidence from my own knowledge base and experience.

Writing is hard. Without a doubt.

Some days you are staring at a blank page for ages, hours even, and you can’t seem to gain ANY inspiration at all. On other days you write solidly for four hours without even a toilet or a drink/food break and it feels like you’ve been writing for only minutes! Then on a different day you may read something that you’ve already written and be so disgusted by it that you rip the page up right there and then. Trash. It is just trash.

It does not reflect your amazing writing ability at all. Or you may not even have the confidence to believe you have much writing ability. You may feel disillusioned and depressed… Let me tell you something my avid reader and aspiring writer – DO NOT EVER GIVE UP.

Why do you think you read, huh? To gain inspiration for your writing. People who read widely will without a doubt find the writing part easier than those who don’t. Other writers’ novels, short stories, and articles are great places to find inspiration for your own works. Remember those other writers all started somewhere.

And yes I appreciate when you first start out it is difficult to have confidence in your own writing. Maybe you wrote in secret and have never shown anyone your writing… perhaps you have shown people and they did not like it. Other peoples praise or criticism can affect your wish to be a published or established writer. But, and this is important, try not to let it affect you so much. So maybe someone didn’t like your work – who cares? Plenty of other readers will LOVE it, I promise you. Just make sure you always write, no matter what obstacles come in your way. And above all remember – If you can dream it… YOU can realise it.

Lots of love and hugs and support from someone who has been there.

PS. Never. Never. Never. Give up! Follow your dream at all costs!

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