Randy Ingermanson is a very smart guy*, and if you're a novelist, I recommend subscribing to his free newsletter.
In one of his recent ones, he opines that to be a successful writer, writing needs to be one of the "three big chunks" of your life. That is, if you could name the top three activities to which you devote time, one of them needs to be writing. (ETA: "chunks of time" would be more accurate that "chunks of life" which implies a scale of quality rather than of quantity, which is what I'm talking about.)
I've been wondering ever since then if I could honestly say that writing is one of mine. If I list my top three this way:
I come out just fine. But if I'm more honest and list them this way:
then writing comes in fourth. Hmmmmm . . .
And that's if I stick "reading" in with "writing", on the theory that all my reading is helping me to become a better writer. Otherwise, I think "reading" would beat out "writing", time-wise.
(Makes me think I should make sure my reading is more goal-oriented than it currently is. Right now it's rather impulse-directed.)
It makes me wonder if I need to adjust things, live with it, or just hope that he's wrong. (He's probably not.)
Currently, I'm trying to be happy with the amount I get in, and to keep at it, knowing that even if I'm not going as fast as I'd like, every early-morning session of writing gets me closer to my goal. Contentment with godliness being great gain, and all.
So, what would your top three be? And are you happy with it? When it comes to motherhood, I think that we might not get to choose our top two - and sometimes not even our top three - ourselves. But if the time we have left after we've done what we ought is our own, I think it makes sense to invest it well, even if it seems too small to bother with. Even a few minutes here and there add up over the years. (Can you tell I'm preaching to myself?)
Anyone out there thought of your days this way before?
peace of Christ to you,
*He invented the Snowflake Method that was so helpful to me in plotting my current novel.