I’m not saying that you may not have real time constraints, but in most cases you can find the time to write if you try…and if you really want to do so. Often, the lack-of-time complaint serves as a really good excuse to not do what you say you want to do but can’t bring yourself to do.
To find time to write, do two things:
- Stop complaining. This just perpetuates your belief that you actually have no time to write. Plus, you use up your energy complaining instead of finding a solution to the problem.
- Find a solution. Use the time you would normally spend complaining about not having enough time to write to examine your schedule for any small window when you might be able to write for even 10 or 15 minutes.
Nonfiction Writing Prompt #14: Find Writing Time
To complete this prompt, first, take a look at your weekly or monthly schedule. Be very honest. Where in your schedule are there small periods or larger periods when you could spend time writing?
Then, look for ways to create time. Consider if you could:
- write while your children nap or have a play date
- swap out one or two television shows per day or week to open up a half hour or hour per day or week to write
- reduce your reading time by a half hour or hour a day so you can write instead
- get up a half hour or hour earlier or go to bed later by the same amount of time
- block out a weekend for writing, or even a Saturday or Sunday per month (or twice per month)
- skip your ladies’ or mens’ night out
- write while commuting
- dictate your writing while driving or doing housework
- write while you wait to pick up the kids from school
Now, calculate how much time you could gain if you implemented each of the “found writing moments” or writing strategies. Actually add up the time and see how much time per day, week or month you really have to write.
What did you discover by completing this writing prompt? Tell me in a comment below.
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