Note to Myself

It’s been said often but here’s how Isabel Allende put it: “Show up, show up, show up, and after a while the muse shows up, too.”

That’s the main thing. If you want to be a writer, you write.

As a writer, I understand this though I don’t necessarily own a regular writing practice. There’s always something getting in the way. Important things like my sons, my partner, my job, my health and the need to eat and sleep.

As a workshop leader, the topic invariably arises. How do I make time for writing? The answer is pretty simple. You make time for it whenever and wherever you can.

You scribble in a notebook while waiting in the school pick-up line. You get up 45 minutes earlier than you’d like to in the morning. You use precious vacation days to lock yourself in a cheap motel so you can knock out a first draft in a week.

You do it anyway you can. But you have to show up, sit down and write.

Writers write.

Photo Credit: Gift Habeshaw 

I lead writing workshops in the Bay Area, and spend much of my so-called free time writing. To support my avocation (and my family) I sell residential real estate in San Francisco; for more about that visit or