Writer’s Tool #6: The Word “NO”
It’s a poignant reply, one that is often unemployed by most writers. Very few people realize the power of having creative boundaries.
Simply tell people “no”.
Of course you could opt for a less abrasive approach to “no” like:
- “No thank you.”
- “Sorry, I can’t. I’m writing that day!”
- “I have to get some work done! Thanks though!
- “I can’t volunteer for your bake sale, I have an important writing deadline coming up. Yes I know you need 10,000 cookies by thursday. I’m sorry. Best of luck though! I’m rooting for you! I know you can do it!”
- “I can’t, I promised my creative coach I’d have something written for her this week!”
I realize these may not be applicable to every situation. Of course you could always lie by saying you have a “funeral” to attend or something, but I find that honesty is the best policy. Your true friends and family will understand that you need creative time to yourself.
Anyone who gives you a hard time about can go suck a lemon.
It’s a simple word. N and O, spells NO. You’ll find that practicing the art of “no” in your life, will result in extra time for yourself, and a schedule that isn’t quite as hectic as it used to be. Nobody likes having to remember a dozen things they’ve committed to in one week. It’s hard enough having to do things like working a day job, or raising children. LOL – bottom line is, if you have a choice to say “NO” to work on your craft, and you say “YES” … don’t complain that you don’t have enough time to yourself.
You can find other tools like this in the Writer’s Toolbox link, at the top of the page.
This entry was posted on October 23, 2011 by stigmatascript. It was filed under Writing and was tagged with easy ways to say no to people, learning to say NO to people, saying no, The power of "no", Writers tools, Writing Tips and Tricks.