Tim gets at the irony of busy schedules in this post: to do something well when we are busy, we have to slow down even more. Enjoy Tim’s post, the final in the series of making time for the things we love.

I worry that my schedule is not conducive to writing. I believe that the life of a writer tends to be one where there is ample time for reflection and deep thinking. My work is such that there are periods where work is very intense, and then times when I have days with little work at all. Thus, when I have my downtime, all I want to do is write. Because I have such a hard time writing daily, however, I think I am making life difficult on myself as I aspire to be a writer. “Real” writers, I know, write almost every day. They set goals for themselves such as 1,000 words a day. My writing tends to be 7,000 words in two or three days, followed by no writing for a week.

What I have been struggling with most in my writing I think is directly related to my work schedule. Namely, my work schedule is not conducive to the aforementioned time for deep reflection. I rarely think about my writing when I am working because work takes much of my concentration. Yet, when I have down time all I want to do is write. Without time to breathe deeply and to let ideas ruminate, I think that my writing is not as thoughtful as it should be.

The other major problem with my schedule is forcing myself to read. Do not mistake me. I counted nine books on my nightstand recently; I love to read. And my head knows that my writing is much better when I am reading a lot. Yet, I cherish my time to write so much that my gut tells me reading is a waste of time. Then my mind chastises my feelings and I have to force myself to spend time reading. This internal battle to force myself to slow down and read is terrible, yet, I believe it is extremely important. I definitely notice that when I go for a few days without reading, my writing tends to become very dry and uninspired.

Such are the travails of an aspiring writer. If writing were my job, I would like to think I would have plenty of time to read and lots of time for reflection. As strange as it may sound, since I do not have that time, I have learned I have to force myself not to be in such a hurry to write and to slow down, read, and reflect.

Tim Thurman lives in San Dimas, California. Tim is an entrepreneur who builds businesses and fixes broken businesses. He blogs regularly on two sites. On his main blog, he examines faith in real life. His second blog is dedicated to exploring the wisdom found in the writings of C.S. Lewis. In addition to blogging, he writes non-fiction, fiction, and children’s stories, and hopes one day to be published.

Tim Thurman