How to Optimise Your Writing Time

The world we live in today is buzzing, and it seems like people are constantly on the go.

So how do you make time to write with such a hectic life?

It's simple.

You make the time to write.

If you really want to write, you sit down and find time during your busy schedule.  

"If the passion is there, the rest will follow."

Anon.

The excuses people make:

  • I work all of the time...
  • I have a family to look after...
  • I'll never get picked up by a publisher...
  • I need more time...

and so it goes on...

There Will Never be a Right Time

It's a simple fact, life is short, time is a premium.  We'll never have enough time to fit everything we want to do into the time we have.  

So what can we do instead?

I'm going to show you how to make the time during your busy life to write.

It can be done, and plenty of writer's out there are doing it.

So let's get started. 

Learning to Priortise

Most people work full-time and have families, which come first.  You need to figure out how you're going to include writing time into your life.  There must be a spare couple of hours a day or even during the week you can use to fit your writing time in.

How passionate are you about writing that book?

Not enough to take away family time, but just enough to find a spare hour or two late at night or early in the morning.

Those few hours can turn into a book if given the chance.

What are you willing to sacrifice to put your passion into practice?

  • Watching your favourite programme?
  • Extra time in bed?
  • Your social life with family and friends?

Once you get started, you'll never look back, and you'll have a legacy to share with the world and your family.

Steps to Being a Productive Writer

  • Make the time, because you'll never find it.  
  • Go old school and switch off from social media.
  • If you have priorities, such as family and job, make them tops of the list.
  • Thank people who praise your writing, but make sure you grow a thick skin in the meantime to deal with the criticism you'll be faced when you do start publishing.
  • Don't listen to the inner critic, write as much as you can, when you can.

Conquering Writer's Block

Do you fear your own writing capability?

Because if you do, you're not alone, we've all been there.  

Fear can turn days into weeks, weeks into months, and months into years of time not writing anything at all.  When all you want to do is sit down and tell your story, and use the passion you have to write.

Fear is a Good Thing

As crazy as it sounds, fear has a silver lining.  It's better to have some doubt than to believe your better than everyone else at what you're writing.

It's Not All Bad

Here are some inspirational writing quotes from authors that really knew what they were talking about:

We are apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.–Ernest Hemingway

Write.  Just do it.  Then again.  Then some more.  And more.  Do not wait for inspiration; if you do enough of it often enough, inspiration will eventually come.Nancy Kress

Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts.  You need to start somewhere.Anne Lamott

Start writing, no matter what.  The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.Louis L'Amour

You learn to write by writing.William Zinsser

When asked, 'How do you write?' I invariably answer, 'one word at a time'.Stephen King

Use your writing fear to propel you forward.

Turn it into motivation, then motivation to graft, and graft to success.

Leaving Fear Behind

It's easy to see how procrastination and fear set in, even if you're a seasoned writer.  

You live with the constant fear of people not liking your work, but that's just part and parcel of being a writer.


Never Put Off  Tomorrow What You Can Do Today

I've written over ten books so far, and still stall on things even today.  It happens to every writer.  

Don't believe any writer that tells you otherwise.

Try these:

  • Start Organising Your Writing Life
  • Don't sit pondering about what you could do.
  • Make a plan and do it
  • Give yourself deadlines
  • Have a writing goal each day or each week

Set your writing schedule now!

The Myth of Writer's Block

Yeah, that's right, writer's block is nothing more than a myth writer's use when they can't think of what to write.

Writing, whether it's fiction or nonfiction, requires a certain amount of creativity.  You need to find a way of getting your creative juices flowing.  

You could try:

  • Reading up on your competition
  • Research, research, research
  • Call a friend or expert you know in the field

Do anything but nothing!

Why Be a Writer?

Every writer has a reason for writing, you need to find what yours is.  

If you're not that sure what that is then let's take a look at things to help clarify things a bit more:

1. Why writing matters to you?

Writing can be a laborious task, but it can also have many rewards.  Think about why you want to write.  Are you passionate about writing, or do you have a message you want to tell others?  Use those things to propel you forward.

2.  Do you believe in what you're writing about?

We all have beliefs, but do you actually practice what you preach?  When you start writing you'll be uncovering all kinds of things about yourself, so you need to be prepared and have your armour waiting because the road ahead is going to be a rocky one.

3. What are the important things in your life?

Everyone has responsibilities of one kind or another, you need to work out how to incorporate writing into your life, while taking care of the things that matter most to you. 

Over to You

Create a writing schedule that's manageable, and list what you want to achieve with your writing and get started today. 

Read more:

How to Write 2000 Words a Day

How to Recognize Your Writing Style

What Sort of Writer Are You?

15 Ideas to Make Your Writing More Clear

14 Ideas to Stay Focused When You Write

How to Improve Your Skills as a Non-Fiction Writer

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