Let’s face it, life is busy. We’ve got jobs, family, hobbies, movies, music, kids, dishes, chores, bills, etc that all lay claim to our time. There’s a finite amount of time allotted to each day, but an infinite list of items to be accomplished within that finite amount of time. So unless we have a TARDIS and are called “The Doctor” we have to get creative with our time in order to squeeze writing into there.
Here are some things I do to help me find writing time. First, I sleep less than I should. This is probably pretty common among writers who also try to balance a full time job that isn’t writing. I wait until my family is safe in bed and asleep before I break out the computer and start typing up my thoughts. This means that instead of the 8 hours I’m supposed to get, I generally only get about 4. I’m alright with that.
Second, I write down inspiration when I receive it. What? I have several little notebooks I take with me just about everywhere. I have the little pocket-sized Moleskine notebook with the blank pages (I hate lined pages – they are the worst) and I jot down quick notes when I think of them in the middle of doing my daily activities. It only takes a few minutes at most and will save immense time later when it’s actually time to write.
Third, I make the most of my commute time. I have a little voice recorder I use to talk through some of my thoughts and ideas while I drive. If you’ve got a long commute, like I do, this is a great chance to get the thoughts that have been bouncing around in your head all day into a format where you don’t have to rely on memory to record them. Just be wary of getting into an argument with yourself and losing – that’s never fun – unless you’re also the guy that won.
In short, finding time to write means getting creative with the time you already have. And, since you’re a writer, creativity is a skill you already possess :). Figure out what works for you and stick with it.
These are some of the things I do to find time to write. What are things you do? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below. If you like what you read, please follow this blog.