Find Time to Write
So I’m back in college again this week (sad face). I have my third 16 credit hour semester (sullen face), and most of my free time just ran away from me, crying laughing hysterically.
Well, most of the time, people are busy, too busy to pursue their hobbies for long periods of time. What does that mean for those whose hobbies take a long time? Say, mountain climbing? Traveling? Or—you guessed it—writing?
Writing takes a long time. Even if you type fast–which I do–it still can take 30+hours to write the book let alone research, plan, and edit it. Ugh. Right? I have a new internship, a job, and 16 credit hours; I’m swamped, barely keeping my head above water in week one! So how do I/you find time to write?
Not an easy question to answer
First, you have to evaluate your free time. How much of it do you have? How much of that do you want to dedicate to writing? If you’re serious about writing, your answer is: A lot.
I don’t work on weekends, and I don’t have class on weekends. So, just guess what I do on weekends? Yep. I spend most of my time writing. Remember that “writing” doesn’t just mean “writing,” but plotting a story, developing characters, editing, drafting a query letter, researching agents, and so on and so on.
If you want time to write, organization is a must. You might be surprised about how more free time you have if you plan things out. This even goes for people with full-time jobs. Set up some time to write, a hour, maybe two, after work/school and stick to it. Once your sitting in front of you computer, get to it. Don’t stare at a blank page or check out your social media accounts (I turn my internet off unless I’m name searching or doing various other kinds of research). If you find yourself watching a screen and unable to do what you planned, try to do something else writing related. If you can’t write, then edit; if you can’t edit, then plot; if you can’t plot, then write a query letter, or whatever. But don’t waste that time!
Now, you might want to set different times for different things. Like, if you’re actually writing, try to write later at night. A lot of people say when their tired they feel more free to write instead of question every sentence . If you’re editing, try to do it when you get home. If you edit with dropping eyes, you’ll might actually make a mistake instead of fixing one. You get the picture.
Still, dedication to your work and organization of your time will help you write no matter how busy you are.
I managed to write a 180,000 words story during a 17 credit hour semester (+ job, + internship)! Everyone can find time to write, you just have to set time aside and do it.
Sorry, this has nothing related to my upcoming novel, Iron & Glass. But . . . what the heck. I thought it might help.