How to Find Time to Write

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I’m a writer.

You’d think I spend most of my time writing, right?

A writer is chained to her/his computer, madly tapping away at the keys, forgetting about eating and showering, right?

Uh, no.

If you’re an aspiring or professional writer, you’ll know that’s not true. First off, daily household chores take over, and some of us writers also have second jobs. This takes up a large chunk of time. But when we finally do get to work on our craft, we find ourselves having to wear so many other hats.

In any given week, here’s a list of tasks I find myself sinking into:

-researching publishers & editors
-researching book marketing
-preparing writing samples and press kits
-giving writing workshops in schools
-writing and re-writing query letters
-working with critique partners to give & get feedback on new books
-reading
-writing & answering emails
-keeping up with social media
-writing blog posts
-creating and sending newsletters

These tasks are all very time consuming. But what about writing new works? I admit that some weeks, I get lost in all these administrative tasks and spend very little time on my WIPs.

And yet, I am a writer.

So, how can I solve this problem? I’m going to start by making a new resolution: TO WRITE MORE.

Sounds great! But how can I make that happen and not get lost in all the “other stuff”? Since I can’t add more hours to each day, I’ll have to find a way to make it work. Here are some ideas I’m committing to:

1. Make a schedule: There are 168 hours in a week. Reserve some for your writing. Block off that time and be vigilant to keeping to that schedule, no matter what life throws at you.

2. Be smart about it: Set aside that writing time when you’re naturally energized and focused. Some people are most alert in the mornings, while others prefer to write at night. Just know how you operate best.

3. Get out there: You may often write at home for convenience, but a change of scenery will do you good. Try writing in a café or library where there are less distractions. I find myself more productive when I go out.

4. Be consistent: Writing gets easier and flows better the more you write. So try to schedule some writing time every day, even if it’s for a short period. It will set momentum.

5. Be disciplined: DO NOT get lost in the Rabbit Hole known as social media, so when you do take time wo write, resist the urge to check your FB newsfeed or answer your phone.

Good luck to all your writers!!

Love & Light,

Lydia

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