I got the idea for this post after a writer sent me an email asking for advice on a few different concerns and one of them was about finding the time to write. I know countless writers have the same problem, so this one is for you!
Dear Time-Strapped Writer,
I know it can be difficult to find time to write with a full/part-time job, kids, and all the daily responsibilities life brings. When you find yourself strapped for time, the best thing you can do is dedicate at least one hour a day to writing. One hour out of twenty-four, minus an average of eight hours for sleep, should be easy, right? If your answer is no, test out one or all of these ways to get more writing time into your day:
1. If you’re a morning person, set your alarm for one hour before you need to wake up to get ready for work. Pull yourself out of bed and turn on your computer while the coffee brews. You may be tired, but I often get the best pieces of insight for my stories when I’m tired, so sit down at your desk with your coffee and write. Don’t worry if it sounds bad or doesn’t make sense. Just write! By the end of the hour you could have 5-10 pages written. What a great way to start the day!
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2. If you’re NOT a morning person (like me), do the opposite of the above tip. An hour before your bedtime, sit down to write. You can even do it in your pajamas in bed! Include writing into your nightly ritual and before you know it, you’ll be able to crank out several pages before you go to sleep.
3. When you’re at work, utilize your lunch break. It may only be 15-20 minutes long, but while you’re eating your sandwich, you can bust out your notebook and write a scene or conversation. The trick is to not edit while you’re writing but to let your thoughts and hand flow freely. If you can get something down during your lunch break, you may be excited to get home to continue writing.
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4. Are you a big TV person? I am! And whenever I’m lounging on the couch watching my shows, I always have my notebook with me. The moment a commercial comes on, I pick up my pen to write. Some people would say this is counter-productive and that watching TV kills creativity, but writing is writing. There’s been times when I’ve only written a paragraph and other times when I’ve written a whole chapter.
The goal is to find those moments throughout your day when life calms down for a bit and taking that opportunity to write. Look at your daily life and pinpoint when those times are and then grab them with both hands.
QUESTIONS: Do you struggle to find writing time? When do you write?
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