Thursday, November 5, 2015

The Importance of Making Time to Write-

How to Write when there is no time?

This, I fear, is the common conundrum of writers. Writing takes time. Writing a novel takes even more. So how do you do it while you are juggling a job or school, a house full of kids or chores? Or, dare I say it, all of the above? Everyone has busy lives. I have yet to meet someone who is not busy, especially in November, right around all these holidays. It makes no sense, and you can't see a way to both live a semi-normal life and write a book (of 50,000 words in 30 days, no less).

And yet it is done. Every year, hundreds, if not thousands of people win NaNoWriMo, or get that book they've been working on for so long published. It happens, and it's not even all that crazily-rare. So why can't that be you? Why is it your word count barely pushes past 2,000, even though you've planned and schemed and tried to find time?

Because you will never 'find' time. People only every do what they want to do. Now, before you tell me that's not true, that you don't want to go to school, that you don't want to work at this particular job, let me tell you that you do. Maybe going to school isn't on the top of your "I want to do this before I die" list, but you do want to graduate. So, actually, you do want to do school. And you may really dislike your current job, but you don't want to get fired and go hungry, so you keep getting up every morning and driving to work.

So what can you do?

Make time, You will have to make time for writing. If that means skipping a party you really want to go to, or using every bit of your lunch hour to jot word on a page, do it. To be a writer, you have to be willing to make sacrifices. So make time. There is now way on earth that you don't have a few five-minute intervals where you can scribble furiously in a notebook. If it's on a bus, or in line for the coffee machine, use it. You will be surprised at how much progress you make by redeeming the time. All the time.

So what are you waiting for? Go Write!

As always, Happy Writing!

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