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Throughout high school and most of college, I used to pride myself on being able to crank out papers, reports, articles, and essays shortly before their due dates and still earning the high grades I wanted. While most of my classmates worked on papers for weeks ahead of time and stressed out about the impending due date, I often would not even attempt to write until the date was so close it would give most normal people an aneurysm. I was the queen of procrastination and wore my crown proudly as I sailed through my English classes without really trying.
I wrote my first novel without much effort. Sure, I forced myself to sit down and produce the words swirling around in my head a couple hours a week throughout my sophomore year of college, but as far as challenging myself Second Shots just didn’t do that. I can write better and I think that knowing that is part of the reason why I haven’t pursued publishing as hard as I once desired to.
These days, it’s hard for me to find even fifteen minutes to write. I’ve kept to writing bi-weekly for Chippin’ Off The Block, but beyond that between my career (or day job as I once promised myself) and my personal life, I haven’t made an effort to carve out
the time to write.
And to me, that’s even scarier than a clown riding a horse (which terrifies me, by the way). It scares me that even though I knew there’s a story inside of me that pops into my head around endless engineering jargon and wakes me up in the middle of the night dying to be told—I still wasn’t dedicating any time to pursue my passion. Even scarier, how many of us ignore what makes us happy and fulfills our dreams because we’re busy?
Busy is a good excuse until it’s not. Everyone is busy in their own way but being busy shouldn’t trump heart-pumping passions…ever.
Gone are the days when I could procrastinate writing a paper until the day before it was due and so are the two hour writing binges I’d go on in college. I needed to find a way to fit writing into my routine and when I read about the
15-Minute Writing Method I knew I’d found it. “15 minutes, I thought,”
I can fit in 15 minutes a day.”
And it sounds so do-able, doesn’t it? Just fifteen minutes a day, dedicated to whatever it is you daydream of doing when you’re at work, or think about on your commute, or thought about doing as a “grown up” when you were little.
Back when I first started Chippin’ Off The Block, I wrote about some of my favorite authors’ tips for writers. In fact, one of the quotes I still find most motivating for me as a writer I already featured here before from Jodi Picoult, author of My Sister’s Keeper (and many, many others):
“Believe in yourself. If you don’t believe in yourself, and you don’t have the fortitude to make that dream happen, why should the hotshots in the publishing world take a chance on you?”
I think Picoult’s quote stands true for each of us. If you don’t put in the effort or believe in your ability to achieve your dream, why should anyone else? So, I’m challenging myself. 15 minutes a day, every day to write the story inside me. And I’m challenging you. 15 minutes a day for your passion.
Let me know how you plan to spend your 15 minutes. I’ll be featuring fellow 15 Minute Passion Project participants in a series of blog posts throughout September and would love to talk with you about what gets your heart-pumping.
Until the next 15,
Kathryn E. Weast