Finding The Time To Write

All those that see themselves as writers want to write but not all of them do.  Instead a cavalcade of excuses distracts and prevents.  The reasons may vary but most of the time there just aren’t enough hours in the day.  For most writers the hardest part of their art is finding the time.

Work, health and domestic commitments eat up the hours of our days and leave scant time for the keyboard or pen.  And so unless we are actually in the position of make a living from crafting the written word writing is most often done in a writer’s spare time.

And yet the solitary nature of writing also means spare time is also mostly ineligible for writing.  Family and friends rightfully demand attention and so for most writing ranks a distant priority.

It appears that life just gets in the way.  But it doesn’t have to be like this.  You can make time for your passion.  It is possible.  Of course, it may not be easy.  There are sacrifices to be made.  It is just a question of organisation and will power.

This issue is a very real one in my life and about to become even more so.  My job demands time outside of the ‘Work’ place and my family life is about to undergo major upheaval.  Time for writing will be scant and an almost ethereal proposition.

So what can I do about it?  Well, I have a plan.  I don’t know if it will work but I have read of other writers speak of these techniques and I believe they are applicable to my life.  Perhaps they can get you back to paper and pen.

Get up early or stay up late

It means sacrificing sleep but staying up an extra 30 minutes or waking up 30 minutes earlier can give you up to one hour of writing a day.  Often these moments in our day are the quietest too.  Distraction free writing time can be worth sacrificing sleep for.

Write in the Gaps

Everyday we spend so much time waiting.  For the bus, an appointment, in meetings.  These ‘waiting’ times are all golden opportunities to put pen to paper.  Carry around a notebook.  Prod away at your Ipad.  Utilise the gaps in your life and put them to good use.

Use your work

Obviously this depends on the nature of your job but downtime at work occurs more often than many think.  Frenzied peaks and stagnant lows describe most work places so add a little writing to the free space at work.  At the very least daydreaming can provide ideas for later.

Communicate Your intent

Explain to your family and friends that you want to spend more time writing and ask for their support.  Explain that it is important to you and perhaps outline a writing goal that you have.  Family can be the very best support base.

Schedule It

Organise a writing schedule and stick to it best you can.  They say writing down your goals increases the chances of achieving those goals.  So, why wouldn’t writing down a schedule increase your chances of writing too?  Write it down, make it happen.

Michael Jordan, one of this generation’s more famous overachievers, said once, ‘ Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen’.  Maybe the writing in our lives hinges on nothing more than our attitude and intent.  Maybe the 24 hours in our day are just an excuse when with better management and the right attitude we can actually have all the time we need.  It can’t hurt to try.

We should indulge our passions as much as possible.