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Just Say No

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Being able to say “No” is vital when it comes to finding more time to write. Is there something in your life that you are doing (a volunteer position, a committee spot, babysitting for a relative, for example) but you would rather spend that time writing? Do you belong to a group that feels more like a chore than a fun activity? Resign from the group and dedicate the new-found free time to your words. Tactfully bow out and use the time you previously committed to that venture for your writing. Caveat: don’t fill the time slot with anything but writing. In the future, be selective in what you commit to do to ensure your valued writing time isn’t affected. The same goes for social obligations. While we all need to have fun from time to time, be selective about what you do with friends and family. “No” isn’t a swear word. Simplifying your life can equal more time for writing.

Saying no is a major factor of success for bestselling author Merline Lovelace. “Yesterday I was asked to do something I really wanted to but I said, ‘Sorry, I can’t do it.’” Saying “No” works for Lovelace and it can for you, too.

Repeat after me: “I can’t commit to that as I have something going on.” Didn’t that feel good! No one needs to know that your plans involve writing. You don’t owe anyone an explanation for how you choose to spend your time and energy.

Make writing a priority!