I finished the draft of my 25th book yesterday. I've been writing since I was a teenager, and writing professionally since 2004. While writing professionally, I've held a full-time job and helped raise a family. The one thing that's helped me produce 25 books is consistency.
In order to be consistent and prolific, this requires giving things up. People often tell me they'd write if they had time. I usually smile and listen to them, thinking to myself that they probably do have time. If you want to write, you can carve out some small of time amount during your day. The question is, what are you willing to give up?
If you'd like to write, but can't find time, I've listed some suggestions below. Some of them involve giving things up, while others are just general ideas.
Cut back or eliminate binge watching shows
Eliminate/cut back on a hobby in order to write more
Used timed writing sessions to focus. Set a timer and go. No stopping. No checking social media. You'll be surprised how many words you can get using this method.
Put away your smart phone for an hour and write.
Get up earlier
Stay up later
Give up that happy hour (probably not occurring as much with the pandemic)
Write on your lunch break
Write in waiting rooms
If you use public transportation, write on the bus/subway/train.
Use writing sprints (15 to 30 min) during the day. Waiting for that load of laundry to finish? Hammer out some words. It all adds up after a while.
Treat writing like it's a job. Don't be afraid to say, "I'm sorry, but I'm writing right now, can it wait?"
Make appointments to write during the day (20 min before work, 30 min before bed, etc) and put them on a calendar/planner/planning app. Look at your schedule and find pockets of time when you could be writing.
I like to refer to one of Brian Keene's sayings: "Ass in chair, fingers on keyboard." Carve out that time. Set your ass in the chair. And get writing.
Thank you, as always, for reading.
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