Guard Your Writing Space

For my 30 Day Challenge this month, I have started writing early. I started out getting up about a half hour before I had to kick my husband out the door for work, but now I naturally get up about an hour to an hour and a half before my actual alarm. I didn’t intentionally do this, nor did I want to get up before 6am; it just happened. I didn’t think much of it at the time, only that it was nice to have so much time to write while the rest of the household was asleep.

During my vacation last week, I was still getting up early and writing, but near the end of it I felt fatigued. I am quite a social hermit and unaccustomed to being around people for so much of my time, and because of this I began turning out old articles that I had written but never published. Basically, I stopped writing. My husband started a new diet this week, so my writing time evolved into a food prep time. I became grumpy and irritable. I started eating everything in sight. My attention span faltered and I found myself wasting hours in a day on simply not knowing what to do with myself. I was a mess.

Midweek, I had a good long talk with a friend and the next day, I got up and started writing again. I finished a blog post before anyone else woke up and hitting that publish button before 8am made me feel on top of the world. I instantly felt like myself again.

Mind you, I’ve only been writing in the morning for almost a month. It’s not like this is a lifetime habit or anything. But apparently it’s become so essential to my well-being that I can’t be myself without it. Crazy, right?

Somehow, in some strange brain space, my mind decided that I needed to write at daybreak. And if I didn’t, if I blew it off and browsed Facebook or watched Youtube Top Ten videos instead, my head wouldn’t function right. It would shut down and make me feel crappy all day long in rebellion.

So guard your writing space. If you don’t have a space or time, make one right now and commit to it. I only found it easier to commit after making a public announcement about it (the 30 Day writing challenge), so do what you need to. And stick with it. If you want to be a writer, if you consider yourself a writer, than write! I have to remind myself of this often. Just write and you will feel so much better, results guaranteed*!

*Results guaranteed by the little writer-ly voices in your head, not by me. I’m just a vessel for my own little writer-ly voices.

Happy Writing!

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