|This quote comes from astronaut Alan Bean, and was applied to writing by author Karen King.|
A Speedbo day 6 welcome to our 132 Speedbo writers and our many cheerleaders! It's not too late to join. See our competitors and our prizes here.
Today's post is secretly habit #3 of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Writers based on Steven R. Covey's book.
Here are habits #1 and #2 if you missed them.
"If habit one says you are the programmer (you get to choose if you will act or react), then habit two says write the program (the program or mission statement for your writing life), habit three is where you run the program by putting first things first."
- Steven R. Covey.
The problem for most of us is that we have not identified what matters most. As a practical exercise, right now, in the comments, list the top five most important things in your life not in any particular order.
Here are some examples to choose from-but create your own list:
3. Community service
5. Pursuit of education
9. Retirement planning
10. Church activities
11. Personal development
Now prioritize your list of five with #1 being the most important. You don't need to prioritize in the comments unless you are comfortable doing this.
Got your list of five?
Now ask yourself where on this list does my writing fall?
According to where you prioritize writing on your list should determine the amount of importance that you give your writing. Now consider your activities from the last week. Are you prioritizing your life around what you SAY are important to you? Are you pursuing your writing dream according to where it is on your list or do things NOT EVEN ON YOUR LIST come before your writing?
Managing your writing life (your writing dreams) is not about time management. It's about personal management. If you want to achieve your writing dreams you must have these three essentials of self management:
2. Integrity (walk the talk)
And what goes hand in hand with the three essentials of self management listed above?
1. Determining what you can delegate.
2.Cultivating the word 'no.'
3. Learning how to let go. (Just let it go.)
This is a very simple message. It really doesn't get any simpler.
This often quoted NY Times Op piece is fifteen years old and says that eighty percent of Americans want to write a book. I dare to say that probably most of those eighty percent want to have written a book.
Many of our Speedbo writers will write a book in a month. They will beat the odds. They will have written.
But let me tell you the truth about Speedbo. It's not actually all about writing a book in a month.
Speedbo is about making time for your dreams. For thirty one days you get to prove to yourself that in an ordinary person's crazy, busy, insane daily schedule, there is room to do one thing during each of those days to make your writing dreams come true.
Now go ahead and share the quote below (copy and paste) on your social media site to tell the world about it. Then come back and tell us you did it to l have your name entered into a drawing for this lovely dreams mug.
By the way, we're proud of you!
By commenting, your name will also be entered into our weekly Speedbo drawing for a $25 Amazon gift card and if you want a critique of a chapter, you can be entered into that drawing too. Let us know. Winners announced in the Weekend Edition. So you must comment by Friday at midnight!
Originally from Western, N.Y., Seeker Tina Radcliffe left home for a tour of duty with the Army Security Agency stationed in Augsburg, Germany and ended up in Tulsa Oklahoma. While living in Tulsa she spent ten years as a Certified Oncology R.N. Her career also includes being a library cataloger and a pharmacy clerk.
Tina is a two-time RWA Golden Heart finalist, a 2012 ACFW Carol Award finalist, a 2014 ACFW Mentor of the Year finalist, a 2014 Golden Quill finalist and a 2014 ACFW Carol Award winner. She has won first place in over twenty RWA chapter affiliated contests in her career. Tina is also a short story writer and has sold eleven short stories to Woman’s World Magazine. She currently resides in Arizona where she writes inspirational romance for Harlequin Love Inspired and independently publishes sweet romances. www.tinaradcliffe.com