The Test of Time by Deborah Lytton: May Theme
I think every writer plays with time. We set up deadlines with word counts and calendar due dates so that we can keep ourselves on a schedule. My writing time is very limited. As a mother of two with a day job as an attorney, I write at odd hours either late at night or early in the morning or sometimes even in school pick up lines. The thing I find most interesting about finding time to write is that if I am truly connected with the story I am telling, then time ceases to be an issue. I am so excited to get back to writing that I no longer have to carve out moments to work. I have to carve out moments for everything else. My best work comes from complete immersion in a manuscript. And if I'm not finding time to write, then I know that the lack of time is just an excuse. For the story I am forcing myself to work on isn't the one that is truly in my heart. The best manuscript is the one that meets my test of time, for when I work on it, I no longer remember how long I have been writing or how many words are on the page. I am inside the story and living and breathing the characters. In those moments, I can do the impossible. I can stop time.