Friday, May 17, 2013

Just Say No

There's this pretty fascinating article making its rounds on Facebook right now. It was actually published a few months ago, so forgive me if you've already read this. Still, it's very timely for me, and it makes a whole heck of a lot of sense. 

The author says: "Time is the raw material of creation. Wipe away the magic and myth of creating and all that remains is work: the work of becoming expert through study and practice, the work of finding solutions to problems and problems with those solutions, the work of trial and error, the work of thinking and perfecting, the work of creating. Creating consumes. It is all day, every day. It knows neither weekends nor vacations. It is not when we feel like it. It is habit, compulsion, obsession, vocation. The common thread that links creators is how they spend their time."

I had this whole analysis written up that really sounded more like whining because, at this point in my life, time is just not something I have a lot of. But it would be selfish of me to post, because if your life is anything like mine (and I assume it is), you have every right to whine, too.

The bottom line is: if you're a creative individual (a writer, perhaps?), you have to do your best to prioritize. You have to make time to write and edit and do what's necessary to get the job done, and sometimes that means saying "no."

The article is worth the read, anyway.

Have a great weekend! :-)


Katie Klein is a diehard romantic with a penchant for protagonists who kick butt. Her YA contemporary romance, Cross My Heart, is an Amazon Teen Top 100 Bestseller and was a 2011 Goodreads Choice Awards Nominee for Best YA Fiction.

There's this one episode of Saved by the Bell where Jessie Spano freaks out, saying: "No time! There's never any time!" That's what she feels like right now.

You can find her on the web at,, or!/katiekleinbooks.


  1. On my calendar, the first two notations are to write and exercise. Marketing and chores and blogging come secondary to those two things.

    Good post!

    Hugs and chocolate,

  2. It's hard sometimes, but so true that we can't do everything all the time. Prioritizing is write! Reading this article now. Thanks for the share :)

  3. Hi Katie,

    Actually, prioritizing is everything. Good prioritzing can help you get more out of your day.

    Thanks for sharing.