Writing and time

Writing is something I love, but not something I can always do.

For a while, I’ve been working forty hours a week. By the time you’re reading this post, I’ll be about halfway through my semester at college with five classes, an internship, working, and keeping up with this blog. I might even be thinking about working through National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) again. (Of course, I’ve taken precautions as getting ready for classes early and writing these posts months in advance, but still.)

In all honesty, I love being busy. I never like wasting a single day or even an hour. I want to accomplish something and make my time worth it. But, it can get hectic when finding time to write. This is true not just for me, but for other writers as well. It’s difficult to find time to write without interruptions – but it’s not impossible.

I’ve found that the best way to find time is to start with how you write. For example, oddly enough, I find that I write better after dinner. Most of the time, I’m sitting on the floor beside my desk and my bed. The darker the night, the better I write. But I’m not as good after about one a.m. Even to me, there’s a limit. Figuring out if you’re a morning, afternoon, or night writer helps picking a time to write.

Second, writing is something you have to push yourself to do. I set aside time every day to write either for this blog, my novel, short stories to be published (coming soon if I make it), or for a college class. Writing is writing and I always find time for it.

If you try to find time to write, it’s most likely not going to happen. You have to say you’re going to write and make sure you do nothing else otherwise. Trying doesn’t help in this case.

If no time is possible, I still find small amounts of time to write. For example, I write on my phone while on break at work. If I’m the passenger in a car ride, I’ll pull out my phone and write sometimes.

Time is difficult, but once you’ve learned to take control of time, life is easier. Don’t ‘try’ and let time control your life. Do what you love. Go write or read. You can do it.

2 thoughts on “Writing and time

  1. I can relate to this so much! I’m going to try getting up an hour early to do NanoWrimo but already I’m tempted to maybe dedicate some of that time to doing grad school work. #tryingtostayfocused

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