How do I make time for writing?
Aspiring writers often wonder how they can make time to write?
And rightfully so…
With all of the responsibilities we have as adults it does seem impossible to fit a writing schedule into an already busy day.
However, I’m of the mindset – if you really want it, you’ll make time for it!
Since I’ve been an adult, I’ve always had a busy schedule. Why? Because I’ve been busy doing what life demands of me like working, being a mom, going to school AND pursuing my dreams.
I can’t think of a period of time throughout my life where I wasn’t pursuing a passion in some way. There were times in my life where I was busier than I am now, yet I ALWAYS found time for my passions.
There have been days when I came home from a STRESSFUL day at work, cooked dinner, spent time with my son, ran a blog, got ready for work the next day and then wrote for four hours. Weekends where I holed up in my room, because my characters were speaking to me and I couldn’t let the inspiration pass by. Mornings I went to work on two hours of sleep because I had come too far not to finish. Days where I was downright tired of my manuscript because I’d read it THAT much.
If you read my blog regularly, you’ll know I only write when I’m inspired. I don’t force myself to write and because of that and my many responsibilities it took me two years to write the manuscript for The Buzz. I’m in awe of writers who are able to write everyday and I wish I could do the same… but when I do feel inspired, I write no matter what. Even if that means, little sleep, cramming writing into my already busy day, or anything in between.
So how do you make time for writing?
Use whatever small window of opportunity you have until you complete your manuscript. If you have thirty minutes while your baby is down for a nap, take it! An hour while your son is at soccer, take it! A lunch break at work, take it! You’ll be surprised at how much you can get accomplished.
If you don’t have time to actually write…
Jot down plot twists, ideas for new characters, and ways to expand the story. When you do have time to write, you’ll have an idea of how to get started instead of staring at a white page .
As you start to see what you’ve written, its easier to get to the end. And I’m speaking from experience. The closer I got to finishing my manuscript, the easier the writing became because I knew that I was thisclose to being done.
When do you make time to write? Do you feel your schedule is too busy to fit in writing? Please share in the comment section below.