One of the hardest parts about writing is sitting down at the desk and actually writing. Unless you schedule it into your diary, it may end up on the bottom of the to-do list.
Depending on the intention of your writing, your priorities will be different. If you’re dabbling in writing a novel but work full-time, you may not be able to give it your full attention. Because of this, many people struggle to write the book they dream about.
What are the excuses? Many say there aren’t enough hours in the day. Some say that family, work or partner gets all of their attention. Others that they’ll get around to it when they retire, when they have time.
Let’s look at the hours in our day. How many are used affectively? How many times do you check Facebook, emails, Instagram or LinkedIn? How much TV do you watch? Is it more than 15-20 minutes? Two hours? Why not grab just 20 minutes per day to devote to your writing.
Put it into your diary.
This is what I did every day for nine months in order to write the first draft of my novel. I had spent ten years writing the first 20,000 words of my novel. It took nine months to write the remaining 50,000 words and rework the earlier draft. I did this on the advice of my writing mentor who suggested that I put aside 15 minutes per day. I set my alarm 30 minutes earlier than usual to do this. I can’t tell you how good it felt when I hit ‘save’ on that last day. I no longer listen to people like myself who say that working six days per week is an excuse.
Here are my tips for keeping on track:
- Use your diary/planner to schedule in your writing time and keep it regular.
- Find a writing buddy or mentor to keep you on task.
- Make writing a priority.
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