Hello! It’s about time I do another Writing Tips, isn’t it? Well, you can expect to see them around a lot more often now that I’m getting into the swing of my posting schedule. For this month’s, I wanted to keep it simple and discuss an issue every writer comes across at one point or another, and that is actually finding the time to, you know, actually write. Sometimes, that can be the hardest part. We’ve all got our own hectic lives, and it can be difficult to find the perfect time to sit and get out that story we’ve got in our heads. But hey, if it were easy, everyone would do it! I’ve got some great tips to help you find the time to write your story! Take a look!
Make a Game Plan
Before you start your writing journey, aside from plotting out your book, you’ll need to plot out your schedule. Find out what your priorities are first. Your job, your school, and your family might be your top priorities. Do you still have time for writing after all this? If so, awesome! If not, you might need to see if there are lesser priorities you can do away with, if you really want to write. If you don’t want to write that badly though, then that would be a lesser priority you could return to at a later time.
When you know your priorities, write out your schedule. Time management may take practice! I’m a planner, so I like to plan out what I’ll be doing every day. Sometimes I don’t get to everything, but that’s okay! Find the perfect time to write and add that to your schedule!
Another thing to think about is if you want to have a deadline. Sometimes deadlines can make us more motivated to get things done. Something I like to do for myself is to write on my calendar which chapters I want to work on in my novel. For example, I’ll give myself two days to work on a more difficult chapter, and a day to work on the easier ones, and I wish to get them done in that time frame. As I said, sometimes I can’t because life gets in the way, but that is fine! I will discuss this more in a moment.
Bottom Line: Find your priorities. List them from most important to least important and find where writing stands. If it is important to you, find out where you can fit it into your schedule. If it works for you, make a deadline to keep yourself motivated. Find out what works for you, because everyone’s writing process is different!
When Are You Motivated?
Some people are night owls, others are early birds. Or maybe the afternoon is your thing! Whatever the case may be, find out what time of day you are most productive. I have found that if I write late at night or early in the morning, I tend to be more productive with it. These were the times of day I was most inspired! However, I find that if I writing late in the afternoon, I am a little more sluggish.
Finding the time where you work best can do wonders for your writing journey. Once you find that time, make it a habit. Write at that time every day, and soon enough, you’ll get into the groove of it. I have set my writing time to be from 10PM-11PM every day, right before I go to bed. At that point, I’m winding down and I’m thinking less about school and work. My mind switches over to writing by then, because I’ve made it a habit. Try it out for yourself!
Bottom Line: Find out what time of day you are most productive, whether it be late at night, early in the morning, etc. Schedule your writing at that time of day and make a habit of it.
Squeeze It In There
If worse comes to worse, maybe you can only get a few minutes of writing in every day. That’s okay if it works for you! Sometimes things get hectic and 10PM-11PM turns into something like 10:45PM-11PM. I do what I can with the time I have! You might think you can’t get a lot done in 15 minutes or something, but you might be surprised.
When you finally get around to writing, even if you only have a little bit of time to do so, get into the writing mindset. Turn off your phone and get rid of distractions. It’s just you and your writing, now! Write as much as you can in that small space of time. This is especially good if you’re writing the first draft of something!
Disclaimer- Of course, this cannot always be beneficial. As I said, this could be good if you’re writing your first draft, since having a small time frame to write can force you to write quickly and not worry about errors. That is what the first draft is all about! However, when you get into the later drafts, you might need a little extra time to work on it. But if there comes a day where you only have a few minutes, don’t sweat it! In fact, even if you miss a day you will be just fine! More on that in the next part…
Bottom Line: Even if you can only write for a few minutes, go for it!
Miss A Day? Don’t Sweat It!
As I said in the last section, maybe there will be days where you only get a few minutes to write, or no time at all. That’s okay! Though it is good to form the habit of writing, you should never stress yourself out about it. Don’t feel anxious or stressed! Just be sure to not go the other way and make it a habit of missing your writing time!
If writing is not one of your top priorities, and your highest priorities are taking up all of your time, maybe you can come back to writing later. The most important thing here is to keep what is most important to you straight and to be organized. This will not only help with your writing, but in everything else in your life.
Bottom Line: Don’t stress out if you miss a day. Life gets in the way a lot, and that’s understandable!
Write In Intervals
I’ll say right now that this probably wouldn’t work for everyone! When it comes to writing, reading, homework, etc., I like to do things in intervals. Maybe I’ll do a bit of homework, then go and read a chapter of a book, or write a couple pages in my own book. I have found that this keeps me productive. You could also write throughout the day as well, if you can only find the time to do it a few minutes at a time. However, some people may need to get in a zone when they write, and if that is the case, I don’t recommend this, since it will require you to get in and out of the zone. Everyone has a different way of writing; you’ve got to find what works for you.
Bottom Line: Write throughout the day or in intervals. But if you need to really get into a zone to write, and you would rather stay in that zone, then I can’t recommend this method.
That’s that! This is releasing a little later than I intended it to, but since I have been a little behind on homework and worked a ten and a half hour shift today, I think I have pretty good excuses, haha! I hope you all enjoyed this post! Let me know if you have any tips that you have tried yourself! And as always, God bless y’all and have a wonderful week!