Monday, May 7, 2012

Doin' Time

No, I'm not in prison. Well, sometimes I feel like I'm in some sort of prison, but I'm just referring to something that I've been thinking a lot about. Time.

A wise gal told me, "You have to do your time."

Smart words, and ones I think about everyday. Things come to us in time whether we like it or not. We have to practice, and strengthen what it is that we want to achieve. In writing, for me, it means to write everyday even if it has nothing to do with any of my WiPs. No one gains knowledge of what they are passionate about without putting their time in. No matter if they have talent or not. Sure some people get lucky, but at some point they must do their time. What they are famous for may not be their best work, they have to make a decision to make the next piece even better or just settle. It's all what you want and how much you want it. I look to some of my favorite bands who still perform and produce new music. I think of how they sounded when they started and what they sound like now (I'm talking 20 years later). Big changes.

Think about it, how long has it taken for you to become you? And most likely, you're still figuring you out.

I even look back on my career as an interior designer and realize how long it took me to get to where I am and how I could improve. It takes time. So that's what I'm doing with my writing--doin' time. Sure, my impatience is like a flea that just ate a Pixie Stick, but I know I must keep going and learn to get to where I want to be.

Sure, circumstances will pop up and they may slow us down, but if you want something and you keep working at it, you will put in your time, and your reward will come.

Are you doing your time?

How was your weekend?

Have a great day!


  1. I look at parenting with this idea. Some changes in my kids don't happen overnight, but slowly, surely, if I stick with it, I see changes.

  2. I'm definitely doing time, but fortunately I enjoy it.

    For me, writing only counts if I'm working on my novel. But that's because I prefer that over writing non-fiction (aka blog posts). While I enjoy writing blog posts, it's not the same as writing a story. The mentality and craft is so very different. So if I spend a week only writing blog posts, that means I've spent a week not writing.

  3. What a great questions: How long has it taken for you to become you? I believe it's a never-ending road and the we are ever-evolving. Each day I gain strides, getting closer and closer to who/what I'm meant to be. Living day by day, moment by moment is a great philosophy. (That's not always easy, I know.)

  4. I definitely feel like I'm doing time sometimes. But it's all about that end result, right? Someday, all this time will be worth it. Hope you had a great weekend!

  5. With about 4 weeks left in the school year -- which is more time than any of us want to be there, but not nearly enough time to get everything I want to squeeze in done -- I am definitely "doin' time."

    June 8 can't come too soon.

  6. It's taken me a very long time to become the person I am today. I guess that's what old age is all about. Hopefully, I've learned some good lessons along the way, not only about writing, but life in general.

  7. Oh, I'm doing my time all right!!! Perfect post for me today--thanks!

  8. Very well said, Christine. I like your mindset ; )