How to Find the Time to Write

Life can be busy, busy, busy, and finding time between social networking, real life, and possibly a job/school, can make it hard to do the one thing you need to be doing constantly:

WRITING

If you want to be a writer, all you have to do is write, but as much as we would like to think that we can just sit and write all day everyday, it’s usually not possible. So, I have made up a detailed list of things you can do to utilize every available second you have free to continue doing what we all love most: writing.

Now, get your spears ready, and onward to the list!

  • CARRY A SMALL NOTEBOOK WITH YOU
    Even if you have a laptop, I have found that I’m less likely to pull it out in public than to just take out a notebook. It’s strange, but it seems like too much work. Regardless, I always have a tiny notebook with me, so when there’s a slow moment or I have to wait on something, then I can just whip that baby out and get to writing. Every second counts, and even if you can’t write anything, but a single sentence, write that sentence down with complete abandon. It will be better than writing nothing at all.
  • GET YOURSELF AN EGG TIMER
    If you have some time at home, but have to divide your time between activities, get yourself an egg timer. My last semester of college, I had reading assignments. So, I would set an egg timer, read for 30 minutes, then write for 30 minutes, and go back and forth until it was time to do something else. BUT. If you don’t have an egg timer, nor do you have college work to do, wash clothes. Pop a load of laundry into the washing machine or dryer, then write until the timers go off. Then, fold and transfer the laundry around. When you’re done, get back to writing. This can also be done with a dish washer and an oven (if you’re cooking). It’s the small parts of life that are the easiest to utilize.
  • LOCK YOURSELF UP
    Sometimes, it’s not that we don’t have enough time to write, it’s that we’re distracted by other things. Find a room, turn off the cell phone, lock the door and get to writing. A quiet room with no distractions is a blessing to any writer, so take advantage of it.

Like I said before, a writer is just someone who writes. These are small everyday tasks and routines that can be easily implemented into most lifestyles, which will help you become a better and more consistent writer. Now, for my favorite part of any blog post, questions! What do you do to keep writing? Do you use these techniques? Do you have any other techniques not on this list? Have a question? Let me know, and comment below!

Thanks for reading.

-Lissy

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8 thoughts on “How to Find the Time to Write

  1. This is great advice! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you for reading! 🙂

      Hope I helped!

      Happy reading, happy writing.

  2. great tips! if you really want to, you can usually find at least half an hour to write each day. My preference is to get up early and write first thing.

    1. Exactly, and I am the same way. The moment my eyes open, I get to writing. Usually, because the day hasn’t started yet, and there are a lot less things to distract me.

  3. Good advice, will be reblogging. Sometimes it is hard to find time, I think the notebook idea is a good plan.

    1. Thank you! I’m glad you found something useful, and I hope it works for you. Please let me know.

      Happy reading, happy writing!

      1. Thanks. I used to write at lunch times at work but I am in a shared office now and it is much too distracting:(

  4. Reblogged this on Library of Erana and commented:
    Good advice, sometimes it is difficult to find the time and motivation to write.

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