The Sacred Writing Time Pledge 2014

On New Year’s Day of 2012, I created the Sacred Writing Time Pledge. The Pledge was born in response to a writing group colleague who bemoaned her lack of organization, willpower, family cooperation, and other reasons (aka excuses) that prevented her from being the steady, daily, productive writer she wanted to be.

 Writers write. Writers who get published complete work and submit that work to agents and editors. That’s how it works. The way to write for publication is to commit to it. That means nothing–and no one–stands in the way of your writing goals.

Don’t allow reasons (aka excuses) to gain power over you and undermine your goals. I’d like to invite my writing friends and colleagues to take the Sacred Writing Time Pledge for the first time, or renew from last year.


The Sacred Writing Time Pledge


I ____________ (<-your name) do solemnly swear to devote _________ amount of time each day to Sacred Writing Time. That means no one and nothing disturbs this time, including myself.

I will work at __________ (<-location). When you, the undersigned, see me at this location, you will respect my Sacred Writing Time and not disturb me unless there is blood flowing from multiple places on someone’s body.

Signatures: __________________(<-yours) _________________________(<-your family’s)


Best of luck to all of you in your writing endeavors for 2014!


One thought on “The Sacred Writing Time Pledge 2014

  1. I’m not strictly dealing with family (although in many ways they are more family than any other), so I need to gird my loins (or whatever) and put a huge “Do Not Disturb on Pain of Death and Screaming!” on the door to my room. I’ve got to keep telling myself, I pay rent, I am not obligated to go to Costco RIGHT NOW! See me in two hours, I’ll be much nicer.


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