One of the biggest hindrances in my writing journey is time. With so much to do, and most of them imply writing, I must prioritize. Writing for work, editing for colleagues, writing novelistic prose all take time. Time here means EVERYTHING. Lately, what I have been doing is making sure I put aside at least 3 hours each day for my own personal use. But there are days it is not easy to keep up with this self-imposed schedule. As much as I love writing, there are things and people in my life that have much deeper meanings.
My mother has been very ill, and that has taken a toll on me, chipping away my strong desire to keep going. My mother is the center pole of my very existence, offering the unconditional love that only few individuals in my life can provide. So, to maintain my writing schedule, I’ve learned to draw my inspirations from her, creating characters that fit her personality, her frown, her love, and her good sense of humor. In doing so, my fear of losing her seems to be wearing off as my devotion to keep on writing grows. Can I safely say I’m winning the battle against time and fear?
Note: Ardain Isma is a novelist and editing manager at CSMS Magazine . He heads the Center for Strategic and Multicultural Studies. He also teaches Introduction to Research Methods at Embry Riddle University. To see his books, click here.
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