I’ve had several questions about finding time to write this week.
As I’ve pointed out many times, you can find time to write, no matter how “busy” you think you are. “No time” is simply an excuse for procrastination.
Somehow you’ve convinced yourself that writing is “special” and difficult. (It’s not.)
Here’s my best suggestion. In this article, Time Management for Writers: One Simple Strategy Which Helps You to Find Time I wrote:
“Here’s the simple strategy: make writing the first thing you do every day.
Yes, it really is that simple, whether writing is all you (supposedly, anyway) do in your work day, or whether writing is a sideline for you.
If you’re not used to writing on demand however, this can be a challenge. You need to get the writing habit, so to speak, so that you can sit down anywhere at any time and write.
In this week’s issue of Fab Freelance Writing Ezine, I talked about timed writing. Doing regular sessions of timed writing is the best way to develop a writing habit. It means that you stop thinking about writing as being in any way “special” — writing just becomes something that you do every day. It’s no more special than drinking a glass of water, or going for a walk.
Here’s how to do timed writing, from the ezine:
Write on paper or on the computer. Set a time limit — 10 minutes, 20 minutes, 30 minutes.
Write without stopping. Write nonsense if that’s what comes up for you.
Stop writing when the timer goes off.
I use timed writing sessions many times every day.
The beauty of timed writing is that you can do it anywhere. It’s the easiest way to generate text. If you practice timed writing for a few weeks, writing will become as natural to you as breathing. You’ll have developed a real writing habit.
You’ll achieve success which is unimaginable to you now, and of course, you’ll find that you have plenty of time to write… and you’ll have conquered your writing procrastination for good.
You may even find that this simple new habit helps you to conquer procrastination in other areas. You’ll become an achiever.
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