One of the complaints I hear from writers, especially those just starting out, is they can’t find the time to write. I’ve written on this before but it came up again recently and I’m led to revisit it.
To paraphrase Jack London, you can’t find the time to write, you have to go after it with a club. He was talking about inspiration, but the same principle applies.
You don’t find the time to write, you make the time to write.
Recently, I found my schedule filled with really good things, most of them involving writing in some way. I was editing, coaching, critiquing. Working with other writers to help them improve in the craft.
But I found I was looking for places to squeeze some writing time. I was trying to find the time to write.
Revelation: I had allowed my priorities to slip. I focused on other aspects of writing as a career and a business and not on my own work.
So I took some time and I prayed and I re-evaluated and re-assessed. And remembered all the tools I preached when I taught time management.
The first step back to creative sanity was to block out the best time for me to write. When am I most creative? I am a morning person. That’s the time I need to covet and protect for my own writing.
Now mornings are blocked out for writing, except for an occasional writers group meeting. And my production has improved remarkably. I write from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and generate an average of 1,500 words in each session.
When is your most creative time? Put some thought and prayer into this.
Are you a morning or night person?
Can you arrange your schedule to get up earlier or stay up later? When I was working full time outside the home, I would get up at 4:00 a.m. to create time to write. Doing this, created an hour-and-a-half solely for writing. Those ninety minutes became precious to me. Because the time was short and focused, I maxed out what I could do in it and frequently wrote a thousand words.
How can you rearrange and/or delegate other chores and activities to create writing time?
How can you engage your family in supporting you in pursuing God’s plan for you to write?
Whatever time you create, no matter how little or how much, remember this: write everyday for as long as you can.
What are some of things you’ve done to make time for writing?