The most important lesson I learned while I was working on my novel during NaNoWriMo was that I HAD to make the time to write. I would wake up at 4am, make some coffee, then write from 4:30am until about 7:30am when it was time to get on with the day. That was the only time I absolutely knew I’d be able to write. There were days when I’d be able to get back to the story late at night, but that was seldom, and I’d usually be tired from the day and falling asleep at the keyboard.

During my morning writing time, however? I was on fire. Yes, I’d start a bit sluggish while the coffee kicked in, but once I got going, I could do 2000 to 3000 words without a problem. In fact, I remember some days the problem being that I had to stop in the middle of a scene or a good flow. It was an amazing feeling. It would invigorate me for the rest of the day.

I once wrote that writing demands a sacrifice, and while it isn’t like I forgot about this fact over the last couple years, I didn’t heed it either. As much as I am not a planner type of person, planning is the only way I will get back to writing again. Nurse schedules are extremely random, and while working three days a week is nice, it isn’t without its pitfalls and problems, starting with a complete lack of a routine. Add to that wanting to have a healthy family life and spend quality time with my wife and daughter, and time quickly slips by.

Time doesn’t care what you do with it. The hours, days, years will go by whether you do something with them or not. It is up to you, up to me, to make time work in my favor. Yes, it will be a sacrifice, but everything worth having is worth paying for.

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