There can be so many things keeping us from writing. I bet you could name ten off of the top of your head if you wanted to. Common issues include school, work, boring tax bills and maybe even children. Friends and family can definitely suck out our writing time too, even if we love spending time with them. Like this lovely gray rock, we can get pounded to and fro until it seems that there is no time to just sit down and write.
So, how do you find time to write? Good question. There's no solid answer, as each of us has a different situation going on in our lives, but these are some ideas I have found to be helpful.
One small thing you could do is, when you wake up, try scribbling down a few paragraphs or maybe even a couple pages. Even though it may not seem like a lot, if you do this consistently you'll be surprised at how much it'll add up. You can do this if you're sitting on the bus or waiting for the subway. Instead of staring blankly at your phone, try writing down a few more scenes in your story or even just a small poem. It'll get your creative juices flowing, and will make you feel better knowing you've worked at least a little on your project.
Sometimes, though, that little time may not be enough to really dig into our project. In these cases, you simply have to sit down and hunk out places in your schedule. You can accomplish this by sorting through the different events in your day. Most of us have at least a couple of hours we waste procrastinating and doing nothing productive. While you may really want to watch that new TV episode or just flop and the couch and scroll through social media, try to spend at least half of that wasted time working on your novel or other writing project. Once you really start to take away all the unproductive things clogging up your schedule, and focus on squeezing that writing time in, you'll be surprised at how much you can accomplish. Even if that means skipping that night out or saving that TV episode for later.
The last snippet of advice I can give is to ask others to respect the time we set aside for writing. I know nothing annoys me more than when someone barges in while I'm writing an intense scene and starts bugging me to checking their math homework. So many impatient things and people can distract us from our writing, and we can get tugged away from that solid block of creativity. Of course, we don't want to completely isolate ourselves. That's unhealthy for both us and the people we have relations with. But if we really want uninterrupted time to write, we need to let people know that this is the one time of day we have for ourselves to let the our words. If this means making them wait twenty minutes until their math homework can be checked, so be it. They'll live.
And I know sometimes life can be so cluttered that we actually do have no time to write. Writers aren't machines. They also need time to relax. But if we learn to prioritize writing and do away with procrastination, weeding out the unimportant events in our life, we'll be pleasantly surprised at the amount of time left for us to write.
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