Yay! We made it! We’ve reached the final chapter in our online discussion of this delightful and practical resource, On Being a Writer: 12 Simple Habits for a Writing Life that Lasts.
Click here for a summary of our discussion, including links to the first eleven chapters.
HUGE thanks to all of YOU for your involvement in this group! It’s been such a delight to interact with you at this level, to wrestle through the questions together, and to strive toward better habits in our writing lives.
And huge thanks to co-authors Ann Kroeker and Charity Singleton Craig, for writing this wonderful resource, for compiling these helpful videos for each chapter, and for joining us in the comments and on social media!
Here is our final video from Ann and Charity:
“Sometimes the writing life itself puts limits on us; sometimes we have to limit the rest of our lives in order to be able to write.” ~ Charity Singleton Craig
As Charity explains in the video, “We have to determine what we have to back away from in order to continue to live the writing life.”
What does this look like for you?
I suppose half the battle is actually acknowledging and admitting that we have limits. I tend to err toward the “I can do it all” mentality — but inevitably, at least one area suffers. If I’m homeschooling and writing, the house is not clean. If the house is clean and we finished homeschooling for the day, I didn’t get time to write. You get the picture.
By default, there are limited hours in the day. This is God’s design. He does this, in part, to help us recognize our frailty and our complete dependence upon Him.
“Because we have only a certain amount of time, resources, and energy, we limit ourselves to make room for mastery.” ~ Charity Singleton Craig
Another challenge for me personally goes back to placing enough value on the writing life to give it space in my schedule. Is it worthwhile enough that I would decline a lunch invitation with a friend? Would I skip an event to have more time to write?
These are personal questions that must be asked, and possibly answered differently depending on the circumstances. Either way, the writing life has to be viewed as important, otherwise we’ll never give it the space it requires.
Here’s one final encouragement from Ann, and I echo her sentiments. I hope this has been true for you as a result of this six-week discussion:
For our final link-up and discussion in the comments, consider some of these questions and topics:
What do you need to limit in order to have a fruitful writing life?
How can you better balance your writing life with your other responsibilities?
What are some activities you can cut from your daily routine in order to have more time to focus on your writing life?
Do you feel like you’re wearing too many hats, or trying to juggle too many balls? What changes can you make in order to make sure you’re doing at least some things well, to the glory of God?
I loved the chapter on Making A Writing Plan. I had some very clear goals come out of the reading and writing. LOVE!
Would love to hear more (unless it’s Top Secret!)! 🙂
It’s hard to pick a highlight. I have really enjoyed this discussion and learned a lot, both from the book and from other people’s posts and comments. As a beginner writer, it has been really interesting to consider all the different aspects of the writing life and I know there will be lots of things from this discussion that I will come back to. I definitely feel inspired to continue writing and it has also given me a clearer idea of how to overcome some of the struggles in writing and some practical ideas for planning and fitting writing into the rest of my life.
Thank you, Kate, for hosting this discussion- it has been a great 6 weeks.
Charity and I have heard from writers at all levels of experience who have gained from visiting these habits and revisiting them again–it’s because our lives keep evolving and we have new problems to solve and new targets to aim for and new knowledge to apply and new doors to shut! 😉
Carly, I hope you do find a way the writing–and you–can flourish!
Ann, I hear you when you mention about the limits sometimes being doors that need closing.
Thank you Kate and Ann and Charity: as I say in my last post for this series (https://iwillbloom.wordpress.com/2015/09/24/on-being-a-writer-limit/), I simply cannot thank you enough. This has been a transformational six weeks for me in regards to my fiction writing and I honestly feel such deep thanks for your having taken the time to plan/organise and offer this series. It’s been truly wonderful. Thank you. Helen