Today I’m wondering about the question of making time to write. Instead of giving you my two pennies on the subject, I decided to put together a post with links to various articles I’ve read on the subject.
Making Time To Write
Create a writing schedule
Which sounds very nice, but what exactly is a writing schedule? Basically it’s a writing blueprint for a period of time in your life. It says how much you’re going to write on any given day, and it even includes time off for personal time and vacations. The most important thing to remember is that it is a working document and you’ll need to be disciplined enough to stick to the calendar you create but be flexible at the same time.
Read more in the Harequin.com article – Make Time To Write
Adhere to the Pareto Principle
Have you heard of the Pareto principle, or the 80-20 rule? It is the principle that 20 percent of your time and effort generates 80 percent of the results, or that 80 percent of what you accomplish is caused by 20 percent of your effort.
Read more in the Writer’s Digest article – 4 Tips For Making Time To Write
Teach others to respect your time.
Many of us have learned to drop everything when someone else requests (or demands) our attention. It could be a spouse, a child, a coworker, or that friend who calls every day to talk about her problems.
If you don’t guard your time, no one else will. It is not enough to simply request that others respect your “writing time;” you must enforce that request by refusing to drop what you’re doing whenever someone interrupts you. Otherwise, people will interrupt — not out of malice or lack of consideration, but because you have given them no reason not to.
Read more in the Writing World article – Finding Time To Write
Pinpoint Underlying Issues
If you’ve always wanted to write and aren’t doing it, invest some thought in figuring out the source of your writer’s block. Is it a fear of failure, a longstanding tendency to procrastinate, or something as simple as a lack of writing space? If it’s not immediately obvious what the block is, spend some time in the self-help aisle, or talk it over with a friend, a therapist, or life coach. As you begin to understand the things that prevent you from writing — whether internal or external — you can make a plan to overcome them.
Read more in the About.com article – Making Time To Write
Commit to only a tiny amount of writing each day.
This is the most important piece of this whole puzzle. Don’t tell yourself you have to write for an hour every day, because on busy, exhausting days you simply won’t make time for it.
Instead, commit to something totally manageable — 10 to 15 minutes each day. After you clear your head with step 2, set a timer and sit down to write.
Read more in Dana Sitar’s article on BlogHer.com – 3 Tips That Will Help You Make Time to Write
There. I’ve given you lots of food for thought and not much space for excuses, haven’t I? 😉 Which one do you find particularly helpful?
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