Be Anti Social IV (Writing Quick Tip)

We’ve previously talked about the benefits of being anti social to a certain extent in order to carve out some time for writing.

  • Letting the phone voice mail pick up.
  • Not going on social media before you get some writing done.
  • Moving to a different location to minimize distractions

Now let’s talk about one more anti social thought to wrap things up.

People respect authors- but they don’t always respect that you need some time to write. If you’re home and writing, people sometimes think that you’ve got “all that free time” and that you’d be glad to devote it to

  • talking on the phone with them
  • taking their deliveries
  • running their errands
  • doing community service

and so forth

Now the truth is that you may be glad to do any and all of those things- but you still need time to write as well, and you need ways to keep your writing time from being nibbled away by other people’s priorities.

You may need to teach your family and friend how to respect your writing time. Not become selfish and isolated, but to set some boundaries so your writing time is respected.

You can

  • Have set writing hours when you are unavailable
  • Make a bargain with the kids for no non-emergency interuptions until the timer goes off, and then you’ll all do something fun
  • Set your writing times at hours when less people will crash your party
  • Tell folks who interupt writing time that you’ll be glad to help them at another time, but this is your writing time

Folks can’t respect your time for writing if you don’t teach them how and tell them why its important to you. So set some boundaries and spread the respect around to everyone

Catherine Kane

1/9/14

For more information on Catherine’s books, “Adventures in Palmistry”, “The Practical Empath – Surviving and Thriving as a Psychic Empath”, “Manifesting Something Better” her urban fantasy “The Lands That Lie Between”  and her new book “The Psychic Power of Your Dreams”, all from Foresight Publications, click here

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