Writing Time: When do you find time to write?

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.

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2 thoughts on “Writing Time: When do you find time to write?

  1. Kristi – thank you for your response! It’s truly amazing how much time can come together when you add together all those “small amounts of time.” I’m not the most prolific of writers, but I can manage about 500 words or so in 15 minutes of solid writing so even that adds up. Now to work on training the family…

  2. I also carry a little moleskine with me to jot down any random thoughts. Another thing I tend to do is write when no one knows I exist. For example, if I’m making dinner, no one bugs me because they want to eat. So while I wait for water to boil or while something is in the oven, basically any time that I don’t actually have food in my hands I’ll write whatever I can, even if it’s only a list of things to write about. I also get sneaky. I’ve been known to sit in the floor of the bathroom to write for a little while (I know, I’m lucky the kids don’t bug me in the bathroom). But mostly I’ve trained my family to leave me alone for small amounts of time.

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