Should We Merely be Busy to be Effective Writers?

       People who have been following me on my writing
       blog will know my answer to this question. But I
       want to reflect on it again here as it is one of
       the most important questions that we could ask
       ourselves as writers.
       We all have busy lives, and sometimes we bring
       that same kind of ‘busyness’ to our writing life.
       There is nothing that can destroy creativity like
       busyness. Just because you’re busy, doesn’t mean
       that we’re effective must less efficient writers.
       We can be very busy, and yet not achieve our
       writing goals as a writer.
       To be an effective writer, we must keep on
       track with our goals. We must fulfill our most
       important goals first thing during our writing
       period. Then we could do extraneous things. But
       do we even know what those extraneous things are
       or do just blunder around during our writing
       time, and do whatever we can get our hands on?
       If we can’t tell the difference between
       extraneous things and substantive things that
       will move our writing goals forward, we will
       never be successful as writers. We will merely be
       very busy but not effective. We must, therefore,
       take the time to slow down and to really take the
       time to reflect on where we want to go with our
       writing goals and to work towards them step by
       So, if we’re busy and exhausted every day after
       writing but have no plan in place as to what we
       want to achieve as a writer, we must go back to
       the drawing board and be much more reflective
       about what we actually are doing when we sit down
       to write.
       ~ Happy planning!
       ~ Irene S. Roth


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