While I’m not certain where this comes from, I thought I’d share it anyway.
For me, making time to write has always be something of a struggle. It takes determination to make a writing schedule and stick to it.
My time is limited. While my writing time isn’t the most important thing in my life, it gives way only for the most important things in my life.
And while it’s not very exciting to stick to a schedule, but it does help. If you work full-time, it may actually be easier to establish a regular time each day in which to write.
I prefer to write between the hours of midnight and 3 in the morning.
Maybe you like to get up early — then establish your writing time then. Take time to write before you leave the house, take a notepad with you to lunch, or stop off at a coffee shop on your way home.
Stay-at-home moms and dads often rely on nap time. The schedule may evolve as your life changes, but most people get more done if they have a regular writing time.
Make that time golden, as you would any important appointment. You’ll feel better if you know you’re making time to write.
If you’re the kind of person who tends to throw yourself into a new project only to burn out after a week or two, consider giving yourself stop times for writing. Don’t let yourself become obsessed in the beginning.
I’ve fallen victim to this a number of times.
For me, I write for fifteen minutes to a couple of hours a day, then continue with my daily routine. I also try to schedule time for fun, even if it’s taking a walk or reading a book.
Remember that you’re in it for the long haul, and that your mind needs time to replenish itself.
Decide what you’re willing to sacrifice for a few minutes everyday to dedicate to writing time. Most of us have obligations we can’t avoid, but if you’re determined, you can manage both.
At the same time, be content with whatever you can realistically give to your writing. Even a few minutes a day adds up over time.
What you’re trying to do isn’t easy. So support yourself in as many ways as possible.
Books on writing can help, as does having space dedicated to writing. Also live with a thesaurus and dictionary link on my computer.
The most important thing I can offer though, is this — jus’ pick up a pen, pencil or sit down at the computer and write!