Establishing boundaries

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Hiya Freshman Writers! Hope this finds you well and writing. Today’s post was inspired by a prompt from Christina Katz’s popular ezine for writers, The Prosperous Writer. After writing my personal view about boundaries, I wanted to share some ways for you to establish boundaries to help you write.

One way to do that is to choose a writing spot, someplace that you can go to everyday to write. Whether it is the dining table from 8 – 10pm or the computer desk from 6:30 – 8, you’ll need a place to call your own.

After choosing that spot, let your family/friends know about it so that they respect your time. Establishing this boundary can be difficult if the people you care about don’t see you as a writer. This is where you have to set the tone and let them know the rules. Such as, from 8 – 10pm I’m unavailable for phone calls. Or “this is my writing time, so I won’t be answering the phone. You can leave me a message and I’ll call you back.”

Boundaries allow you to prioritize what’s important to you and lets others know that you take your writing seriously. How do you set boundaries?

Happy Writing!

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3 thoughts on “Establishing boundaries

  1. Such great advice. With summer coming and the kids being home all the time, I definitely have to set some boundaries! I’ve told them they have to watch their little brother in the morning so I can work, and we’ll all go to the pool or park in the afternoon. Hoping it works!

  2. Hi Mary,

    Thanks for the visit and the compliment. Since I only have one, I do most of my writing before getting him up and after putting him to bed. lol But, I do set boundaries so I avoid overdoing things. Try being specific with the kids, such as having them play games together or doing other activities together while you work. The good thing about your plan is that they (and you) will have something great to look forward to in the afternoons. 🙂 Good luck and please come back soon!

    Heiddi

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