Priorities and Writing

“YOU NEED TO GET YOUR PRIORITES STRAIGHT.” I am sure we have heard this line at least once in our lives. What are priorities? People have different priorities so who is to say that their priorities are not straight? We just see them maybe as unjustified perhaps? What does priorities have to do with writing you ask? Well a lot in fact.

So You Want To Be a Writer?

Cliché line, but it works. You want to be a writer right? You have been inspired! You may want to make the big bucks? You may want to be famous, the next New York Bestseller. That is nice in all but a lot of people fall short with this goal and dream. People have lives, jobs, families so finding time to write can be hard( Also those are really bad reasons to be a writer.) This is where priorities fit in. How high a priority is writing in your life? Also what steps will you take to make it happen?

Taking Time

Take some time and write down what your top priorities are. Where does writing fit in it? If You want to make money in the writing business writing is going to have to be a high priority in your life. I wanted to be a writer. I have made writing a high priority in my life. Sometimes I wonder if it was the best choice, but here I am. I also went into this realistically. I knew this was going to be hard work. I knew I would I have to work hard in this if I wanted this. Life and circumstances have also played in my favor which I have now been able to truly focus on my writing. Writing is all I have at the moment. I did have a life once, yet I still managed to work in my writing. I would bring my notebook to work with me and work on book during breaks we had throughout the day. When my young son took take a nap I would write. When he went to bed for the night I would write. While cooking dinner I even wrote! There were times though when nothing came to me. I had nothing! What did I do? I wrote about that! I was still writing! If writing is your passion make it a priority too. Find time to write everyday even if its the chore to do list you are writing!

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Sherbet Penny 6 years ago from Galway, Ireland.

Never a truer word spoken Janny, nice hub and perfect excellent advice again.


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JannyC 6 years ago Author

Thank you Sherbet. Happy you enjoyed it. Congrats on being the first!


coffeesnob 6 years ago

Janny,

I gave up my job to finish my book - and still I have to schedule time to write and take advantage of moments when the inspiration comes. this means always being ready as you noted in the many opportunities you take to write. This is a very good piece and higlights the necessity of setting priorities. I have a friend who also writes and we meet together ans use our time to critique each others work. It's a good sharpening method. thanks for writing this it reinforces and inspires and educates.


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wolfpack5 6 years ago from Alberta Canada

Janny that is a great hub my friend, and you are a great writer and I know you can and will be successful :)


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JannyC 6 years ago Author

Thank you Carol so much you have the passion I feel the writers fire in you. You are on the right track my friend.

To Wolfpack thank for the confidence and Im happy you liked the hub.


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rmhoskinson 6 years ago from Midwest USA

You're right JannyC, if it's important, we make it a priority. Everyone has the same number of hours in a day. What matters is what we choose to do with those hours. Obviously, you're a writer, so you write. And BTW, you DO have a life. Your life today has a different focus than it used to have.

Shoot for the moon, you just might hit a star! It's been known to happen.

Keep up the good work.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Janny, I think you are right about priorities. I think your writing is excellent. Good hub.


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JannyC 6 years ago Author

Aww thank emhoskinson! You are correct I do have a life just my focus is different. Im going to use that line now to any nay sayers that think I dont do anything. Bless you!


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JannyC 6 years ago Author

Thank you Pamela. Wow my writing is excellet? Thank you so much! Means alot to me to know my work is enjoyed. Deepest blessings my friend!


peacenhim 6 years ago

Our lives and our future, whether good or bad, successful or not are all based on the choices we make. There's an old saying that I remember my mother quoting while growing up, which is: "If you fail to plan then you are planning to fail." I'm impressed that you have the wisdom to realize that to make your dreams come true as a writer.....you have to prioritize and set time aside to write. Things don't just fall in your lap....but you have to make them happen. Great Hub JannyC!! Great advice for us all!! ;-) May God Bless, and Keep writing!


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JannyC 6 years ago Author

Thank you Peacenhim. That was so special what you said.


"Quill" 6 years ago

Janny who knows you better than yourself...smiles...He does and He knows your heart. Priorities are important and I see you have your right...

Blessings


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JannyC 6 years ago Author

Thank you Dearest Quill. Love and blessings.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

Writing is my priority beside my daily activity as a teacher. It develop my thought to dig many useful information. I pray to the God, I hope my priority still in the right line.

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