I read a blog post on Books & Such by an agent who listed 3 different ways that people find the time to write. One was to get up a couple of hours earlier than everyone else and do it at the start of the day. The second was to take one day a week to do your writing in bulk. And the third was the “fit in” technique, which is basically to fit your writing in around the rest of your life. The first I find impossible (I am not a morning person), anyone with jobs and family will find the second almost impossible (I can’t remember the last time I had a whole day to myself) so most people are left with the “fit in” approach. It’s no wonder most people say they never have time to write.
But there are lots of excuses not to write. The “fit in” method can seem a little haphazard and unproductive; it’s hard to get back into writing something when I know I only have an hour or two (except for revisions on a print-out which can be easier, particularly on trains or airplanes). But when stats show we’re slumped in front of the telly for a few hours each night or on facebook or twitter, at least we know we do have the time to do something. As any writer will tell you, it’s all about practice and habit. As Todd Moss puts it in “How to write a novel and keep your day job” it’s all about being organised, getting to bed early, keeping fit and er, being hyper-organised. So turn off the telly, plan everything and get going!
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