It's been 8 days since my last post, yet feels like several weeks. I can tell, because I feel irritable. It happens when I don't take the time/find the time to write.
Lots of good things have been happening to crowd out the time. My younger daughter arrived home for a few days at Spring Break, after spending Winter Quarter in Mexico. Close friends from Cincy arrived for a long weekend 10 days ago. I spent this past weekend at an all day seminar on Saturday, and the rest of the time catching up with business, taxes, and household stuff on Sunday.
Why 20 minutes? Julia Cameron inspired me this morning as I read another chapter in her book, Finding Water. I learned today that finding the time to create is a challenge faced by many, regardless of the artistic persuasion. Painters, musicians, writers, playwrights, sculptors, and the rest of us who fall somewhere in that creative category face time constraints and challenges.
What to do? Set the timer for 20 minutes. In 20 minutes you will have enough time to start something. The point is to start. (I have 8 minutes left by the way on my timer). This I can do. Then I can go back and pick up where I left off.
I realize I've been holding on to the expectation that I must have an hour or longer to putter around and write, to get into the "creative" mood. And that's great when I can make that happen, usually on the weekends. But when that is not possible, I can at least carve out 20 minutes to start something, even if I don't finish it all in one sitting.
The buzzer just told me my 20 minutes is up. I'm surprised I got as far as I did.
As Julia Cameron says: "When we keep our sights trained on the small and doable, we are able to do the large and unthinkable. It is all a matter of breaking things down to a day-by-day practice."
I am making a commitment to write for 20 minutes each day for a week. What could you do if you set the timer for 20 minutes a day? Let us know!