The trick, I feel, is to make lifestyle changes that support our creativity. Whether you are a weekend binge writer or write small amounts every day, time management boosts productivity.
But it’s more than just producing words. It’s about using our writing time to full advantage and feeling good about it.
Over the next few weeks, I want to take a look at steps we can take (small and large) to give ourselves the gift of time. Whether you are very new to writing or been at it a while, hopefully you’ll find something in this series that you can use in your writing habit.
I have a “no excuses” policy on the argument of time. If you find you are making excuses instead of writing, you might be struggling with motivation or fear, not time management. You don’t need an hour of solitude every day to put words on the page. You just need to write in the spaces available to you. If that’s 500 words a few times a week, that’s fine. If that’s writing all day on Saturday, that’s fine. Whatever time you carve out is sufficient as long as you use it.
One fallacy I’d like to deal with immediately is the idea that you can’t get anywhere on fifteen minutes a day. In order to demonstrate the error of this thought, I have taken it upon myself to do math for you (the Muses are snickering in the corner–they know how I feel about math). If you type 40 words a minute and you write 10 minutes a day, that’s 400 words a day, 2400 words a week (six days), 9600 words a month, and 115200 words a year. Depending on your genre, that’s one to three novels.
Regular writing has a wonderful cumulative effect, you see. All those words add up. It is doable. And the added benefit is this: the more you write consistently, the easier it becomes to stay consistent.
I was a single parent with full-time jobs, including jobs that had me on my feet 12-14 hours a day. I totally get it. I’ve been through it. Some of what we’ll cover will be from my own struggles to find time. The Muses all lead busy lives with varying amounts of sleep. We understand. And we’re here to help.
We’ve talked about time wasters several times here at The Sarcastic Muse, so I’ll try not to cover old ground. Next week, we’ll look at the not-so-obvious time sponges that may contribute to the feeling we have no time to write.
Where do you struggle with making time to write?