Making Time to Write

I’ve been busy.

That’s what I say when it suddenly occurs to me that I haven’t written in a while. When a follower of my work asks why Siyanda hasn’t written in a while those words are the ones t

hat roll off my tongue as easily as coins into a drain. And, most of the time, they are true. In fact, all of the time, they’re true. I am busy.

However, Iunderstand that when one has a commitment to introducing a new habit into one’s life –in my case, writing– one must learn to make time to do it consistently. In the past it may have been easy to dive into my 30-day writing challenge but things are different. Firstly, the standard of my writing has  deteriorated slightly due to my in

frequent use of it as a tool for expression. (My language skills are rarely called upon during calculus lectures.) And secondly, things are different this time because I no-longer believe my writing skills are enough to transform my ideas into classic literature pieces that generations of African women will look to for inspiration. Truthfully.

So, even though I haven’t made much more progress in the Francine Prose book I mentioned in my last post because of the registration weekend that’s going on at my university, I found the time to sit naked in front of my laptop five minutes before bed in this ridiculous heat (it’s nearing 30 degrees celsius) and I think that earns me a pat on the back. Because I made a commitment for myself to stick to — that I’m never “too busy” to write!


QUOTE OF THE DAY: If you’re going to be a writer, the first essential is just to write. Do not wait for an idea. Start writing something and the ideas will come. You have to turn the faucet on before the water starts to flow. -Louis L’Amour




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