Prioritizing Your Writing

A new video: What do you need to do/change/arrange in your schedule so you can prioritize your writing and have, in the words of playwright Suzan-Lori Parks, “both eyes on the work”? Your Morning Walk with Sophfronia, September 16.

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2018-09-16T19:31:07-04:00 September 16th, 2018|4 Comments


  1. Joanne September 18, 2018 at 1:09 pm

    Love the image of both eyes on the road! I’ve just committed to blocking two hours every morning except Sunday for writing. Only a few days in but I can already see how over time I might actually finish something. One practical question I have is whether you would use this block of time strictly for writing or whether doing research during that time counts. We obsess about the strangest things!

    • Sophfronia Scott September 18, 2018 at 4:57 pm

      Thanks for the comment Joanne! Okay, here’s the thing: if, and I say IF the writing isn’t going well then you can use that block of time to read or do some research. But don’t fall down the rabbit hole of doing that all the time. When I was writing my first novel I wrote in a studio in Greenwich Village in New York City. When the writing wasn’t going well I would go downstairs to the Barnes & Noble and visualize my book on one of the shelves. I’d imagine what it would be like to sign my books. That kept my eyes on the goal of finishing the book. If you fall into the habit of regularly doing things other than writing, especially if those things take your focus away from your work, then the writing will become the side thing and not the focus of that time block. Honor it as much as possible.

  2. Joanne September 18, 2018 at 7:39 pm

    Thanks Sofronia. I think I’ll visit my local Barnes and Noble and follow your example!

    • Sophfronia Scott September 18, 2018 at 8:21 pm

      Yay! Go for it! And for inspiration, here’s a photo of my latest novel at a Barnes & Noble in Asheville, NC:
      Unforgivable Love at Barnes and Noble in Asheville, NC

      And here’s my essay collection at The Strand in New York City:
      Love's Long Line at The Strand in New York City

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