5 Ways To Find Time To Write

I don’t have time to write!

And I'm having a bad hair day!
And I’m having a bad hair day!

Sure you do, Binkie. A book a year may have worked for a booze-addled Hemingway, but times have changed. There’s the interwebs! Plus, you’re no Hemingway. And alcoholism turned out to be a bad thing.

(Who knew?)
(Who knew?)

But we all have the same 24 hours each day. That’s plenty of time to write your Great American Novel if you follow these tips.

1. Wake up an hour earlier.

What! Blasphemy. When do I sleep off that hangover? Hey, do you wanna write a book or not? One hour a day is 30 hours a month. That’s a lot of writing time. DON’T look at email or anything else during that hour. It’s Christmas morning. Go open the present that is your book.

2. Work through lunch.

Kim Cardashian's butt? AGAIN??
Kim Cardashian’s butt? AGAIN??

Do your planned social media from your phone, using delayed posts for most of it. (See? Planned.) Check Facebook, your blog, etc. – quickly. That maintains your presence; supplement that with your amazingly insightful posts at lunch each day, or maybe even write at lunch. There are very few social media crises that need your immediate attention 24/7. Hit it, then forget it. No more Facebook until lunch tomorrow. It’ll be okay. Nobody’s going to miss you. Besides, you’re not addicted to social media; you can quit any time you want, right? And, no, I don’t tell my followers that’s what I’m doing. They don’t seem to notice. Then Twitter from your phone spontaneously.

3. DVR everything

A 60 minute TV show becomes 42 minutes if you jump over commercials. (Why are you watching TV anyway? You should be writing!)

4. Don’t go to movies

Most suck anyway. Between the drive, parking, waiting through previews – which I like – leaving and coming home, it’s four hours, not two. For a few months while you’re working on your GAN, skip movies.

5. Write while driving

What? Let me explain. When those ideas come popping into your head like rabid squirrels during your commute, use your phone to send yourself an email. Talk-to-text is great for that. Pull over if you need to, no big deal. It’s two minutes, and like your “experimental” phase in college, it’s only weird the first few times. You saved the hero? We might need that gem. Email it to yourself.

It was the butler the whole time!
It was the butler the whole time!

Okay, now you have 40+ hours a month plus whatever you had before. With that, you could keep your day job and write Lord Of The Rings. And have it not suck. Yeah, I said it.

I’m not saying write to the exclusion of everything else in your life – like eating. Or seeing those other people in your house who want to talk occasionally. You can still play a round of golf – although my buddy who golfs can’t find time to write. I write, and can’t find time to golf. (I don’t like golf, that’s why.)

What I am saying is, you can have a thorough social media presence and still find time to write your book.

What are your time saving tips?


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11 thoughts on “5 Ways To Find Time To Write

  1. Bottom line, we don’t save it we make it. When I was living the “60 or 70 hour work week, single mom, 2 hour commute” lifestyle, I thought I was justified in saying I didn’t have time. Really, I just didn’t make time.
    Now, I’m trying to build a new blog that will become my platform for freelance writing, editing, publishing, teaching/coaching. Basically, I’m my own boss — a busy one, but still my own boss.
    I should be all set for time, right? In theory, but I’m not. I have the same struggle.
    So, no matter your circumstance, here’s the truth: we make time for what matters.

  2. Thanks for the humorous reminder about the importance to make time for what we love!
    Scheduling saves time in anything you do.
    I discovered this as a single mom working full time and freelance writing.
    Busy people are often the most productive.
    However, when it comes down to writing, I see it as the joy in my life. I write because I love to write. When I don’t spend time doing the things I love, I’m not happy.
    Writing makes me happy, so I make sure I have time for it.
    On the practical end: I keep journals everywhere (bed, car, work, desk…); I use my lunchbreak to catch up on social media promoting my work; I consider the weekend mornings time for writing and don’t schedule anything to do before noon.
    Write on!

  3. I’m in the leave the cell phone out of the room camp. It’s helped immensely with focus. I also put it (the phone, not the focus) on silent most of the time. Turns out, I’m very distractible. I start each day with writing, and that works really well for me.

  4. Another Morning Nazi, huh? 🙂 As a confirmed (and EXTREME) nite-owl, “stay up an hour longer” is more MY style. (Chrono-rhythm Sleep disorder – don’t even start). I promise that hours of uninterrupted focus for writing is the side-benefit for us vampire-types.

    I agree that we find time for what’s impt. – which is why my house and hair are usually an unholy mess! Great post.
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD/EFD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to transform a world!”

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