Musings from the Desk

Time is the most democratic of things. We are all given twenty-four hours a day. Time is not like money where some people have lots and other people have none. Each day we all have the same amount of time.

As I rush through my days this is what I try to remind myself, if I have the time, that is.

I meet many people who want to write, but who tell me they don't have time. I understand this, but only to a point. (I'm also a yoga teacher and hear the same thing about exercise.) I have discovered that with writing (and with exercise) much can be accomplished in short periods of time, as long as you commit (and here is the trick) to it every day. For example, over the course of a month you will get more writing done if you write for 15 minutes a day than if you write for one hour once a week. Trust me, you will. Pick a time and show up at your desk or in your notebook and write for 15 minutes. Even if you are working on a piece of fiction treat it like a timed writing exercise: show up and keep those words flowing for your allotted 15 minutes. Then do it again the next day and the day after that. You'll be amazed by how much you manage to write in a month. You will be. I promise.


Anonymous said...


I was just about to start negotiating the length of my day. After that, all I had to do was slow down the rotation of the earth to have a longer day.

It would wipe out expressions like "Your days are numbered." because days could become variable making that expression useless.


firstlinefiction said...

Wow, Mario, you keep working on that and when you get it perfected - let me know!

~ Lori