Why aren’t you writing Ekram?

I found this article by Tracy Morris on Firefox News; thanks God I found it. I’m the one who usually gives an excuse of lack of time for writing. Listen to this article Ekram!

Lack of time number one excuse.
“So, you’re a writer?” He asked me as he looked down at my book.
“Yes,” I told him as I pointed to my name on the cover. “That’s me.”
“Oh.” He said as he picked the book up, turned it over and then set it down again without ever opening the cover. “I thought about writing once.”
“Really?” I asked him with a polite smile. “What have you written?”
“Well, I haven’t actually written anything. I always meant to. I just haven’t found the time.”
Sooner or later, every writer has this conversation or some variation of it. Finding the time to write seems to be one of the primary reasons that would-be writers don’t write.
But is that a reason, or an excuse?
We’re all given the same 24 hours in the day. And yet some very busy people still find the time to write.
Romance writer Nora Roberts started her first novel while chasing her kids around her house during a snow day. John Grisham wrote his first book while in law school, and his second while he was a practicing lawyer. Science fiction writer Glen Cook has said that he wrote many of his early books while working on an assembly line at General Motors. J.K. Rowling wrote the first novel of the Harry Potter series in between getting a divorce, raising a daughter, moving from Portugal to Scotland, and working part-time as a secretary (tell me again that you don’t have the time to write).
Most non-writers make what I like to call the Andy Farmer mistake. In the movie Funny Farm, Andy quits his job and moves to the country to become a writer. He gets an office on the second story, a typewriter and a tweed jacket with leather patches on the pocket. Then he sits at his desk and waits for the heavens to roll back, the muses to smile and inspiration to pour onto him like honey from Valhalla.
Andy’s mistake was in thinking that he would be a WRITER! If all conditions were perfect. Meanwhile he spent years talking and thinking about writing without ever learning the craft, honing his skills or developing his talent.
Meanwhile, downstairs in the kitchen, his wife Elizabeth was writing children’s stories on yellow legal pads after Andy has gone to bed. Of the two of them Elizabeth is actually accomplishing more, because she’s the one doing the work it takes to be a writer. (On a side note: Don’t ever send your original, manuscript, untyped on yellow legal pads to a publisher. No publisher in their right mind will even look at it.)
The fact is, if you wait until you have the time to write, you’ll wait forever. Free time does not hang out on a corner street, looking for the right people to bestow itself on. It will not see you and think there’s someone who looks like they need me.
When you think of your time, think of a jar filled to the brim with marbles. The marbles are the big things in life: your job, time with your kids, 4-8 hours of sleep each night.
It may look like there is nothing left that you can get into the jar, until you try pouring sand into it. The sand represents those extra things that we do that waste our time. Watching TV, hitting the snooze button once or twice. Rush hour traffic.
Once the jar is filled to the brim with sand, it may still look like there isn’t anything else you can get into it. Until you pour water into that.
The water is like your writing time. You fit it in where you can. Maybe by dictating into a tape recorder while making dinner. Or possibly by scribbling in a notebook while riding the bus or train to work. Writers are dreamers turned builders. We dream castles in the air. But just as Thorough suggested, we also do the work to put the foundations under them. If you’re not writing, you’re only dreaming.

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