Week 40: Finding the time to write….

This is not a new topic. After using my friend “Google”, I found several websites/blogs talking about the topic, here are a few below:

http://absolutewrite.com/novels/finding_time_to_write.htm

http://www.wikihow.com/Find-Time-to-Write-when-You’re-a-Busy-Mom

http://timetowrite.blogs.com/weblog/2010/10/how-to-find-time-to-write-.html

http://self-publishingresources.com/2011/01/28/time-management-how-to-find-time-to-write-your-book/

http://fictionwriting.about.com/od/startingtowrite/tp/TimetoWrite.htm

Commuting does not necessarily making it easier to write…sometimes I am not seating, sometimes I am self-conscious about the person sitting next to me and sometimes I am too squeezed between people to actually write.

I agree that it is not always easy to find time for oneself even for something one loves to do and I would dare to say that all writers love to write. They get the urge in their fingers to tell a story.

Yes writing can be difficult, yes sometimes we want to throw our computers across the rooms and sometimes we want to ask our main characters “why are you doing this to me?” but we still love it.

For me (the commuting girl without any children but a long day at work and a long commute and a dear husband I want to spend more time with…and the family/friends I want to keep in touch
with…and….and….and….) the best advices I should pay attention to are the following:

  1. Always carry a notebook with you, you never know when you may  have the time to just put down some ideas (waiting at the doctor’s office, having coffee, having lunch…)
  2. Schedule time to write (but make it realistic). If you need a least a few hours of sleep every night do not schedule it so early in the  morning that you cannot do it. Why not use your lunch break twice a week to actually go out and eat a sandwich while typing or stay at your desk  with a notepad?
  3. Set yourself a realistic goal on how many pages you want to write per week
  4. Take a look at what you can cut: do you spend some time watching a show when you could be writing?
  5. Important: keep writing fun even with when it becomes cumbersome; do not beat yourself up if you do not reach your goal (see 3).
  6. Turn to writing communities: you are not alone with this! I joined Absolutewrite not too long ago and just reading that others are going through the same thing as I am is helpful.
  7. Be thankful for what you achieve and for the small things

I know I am very lucky because of the support I receive at home:

A dear, wonderful husband who understands my passion for writing, who lets me write while he sometimes cooks on week-ends and who pushes me a bit (sometimes I think he pushes me too much but I recognize it is because he wants the best for me….pshhhh don’t tell him otherwise he will think he is perfect)…

2 Comments

  1. Linda says:

    I totally agree! Keeping a schedule, having a goal, and making it fun keep me motivated even when I’m super busy. I also try to reward myself. Like last week I promised myself that if I met my goals I could buy some books for the weekend. It helped me get through some chapters even when I wasn’t feeling excited to work on them.

    • Thanks for commenting 🙂 Very good idea! I will have to try this…Sometimes I have the feeling writing becomes the reward for everything accomplished during the day/week. Other times, a reward for pulling through a tough scene would motivate me maybe a tad more 🙂

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