How to Make Time for Writing

How to Make Time for Writing

Finding the time to write can be hard sometimes, especially when it seems as though life just keeps getting in the way. You may find yourself feeling guilty or getting stressed out. You may feel as though you can't possibly reach your writing goals because you just don't have the time. Well, I am here to tell you that you DO have time. Even though it may not seem like it, you do.  It is all about finding that time and utilizing it. Feel discouraged? Don't you worry, I am going to show you how to do just that.

Map Out Your Schedule

The only way you are going to find time in your schedule to write is by knowing what your schedule exactly is. The best way to do this is to invest in a planner. Use the planner to write out your entire week. Make sure you include even the littlest things like errands or bedtime. It is unrealistic that your schedule will be consistent so try to be as accurate as possible and fill it in each week. Once you have a clearer view of what your week looks like, then you can go ahead and move on to the next step: finding blocks in your schedule. 

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Find Blocks

The goal is to find the blank spaces in your planner. Whether it is in the morning or at night, there is usually a half an hour at the least squeezed in somewhere. Use a highlighter to make these blocks stand out. These are your options for your writing time. Don't feel pressured to choose them all and don't feel ashamed if there aren't many. What is important is that you are setting aside some type of time each week to write. 

Discipline Yourself

This is probably the most crucial part to your success. It is one thing to sit down and write out a schedule, but to actually sit down and do it consistently is another. You are the only one who is going to be able to hold yourself accountable. Even when you don't feel like writing, you need to sit yourself down and attempt. If you are in a writing fog,  then try sketching out scenes or characters instead. You can even use that writing time to get reinspired by reading a book, going on an adventure, or listening to music. Just make sure you are forcing yourself to do something and you will go far.

Track Your Success

Acknowledge how much you are getting done! It is important that you recognize your hard work and remind yourself that you are capable of reaching your goals. Don't be hard on yourself if you miss a day or don't hit certain goals. Just keep track of your successes and keep moving forward. By doing this,  you will be a much better and happier writer.

By being consistent in your newfound writing schedule you will go far. I challenge you to go out and buy a planner specifically for writing. 2017 is going to be your year!

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