It’s been a while since I wrote about this but time for writing continues to be one of the big questions for writers, whether experienced or just starting out. There are so many people who want to write, but don’t believe that they can find the time.
The bottom line is that, if you want to write, you’ll find time, but it’s still helpful to have some ideas on where to look. One place is using your time more effectively.
Every time you sit down to write, you have some”ready-set-go” time involved.
- Ready- you need to warm up the computer/find your pen/open a document/find a pen that writes/etcetcetc
- Set-now you need to get your mind in the groove. What do I want to write about? Where did I leave off?Where was I going with this?
- Go- and when your environment is online and your mind is set in the writer’s groove, then you can get going. Then you can write
The problem is that ready and set take time. Every time. So every time you sit down and get ready to write, there’s a certain amount of time that’s spent not writing, but getting ready and set to go. And that’s true whether you write one time a day or ten- each time has it’s lead time
Want more time to write? One way is to plan your day so you have larger chunks of time to write. If ten little writing blocks takes “lead time x 10” and the same amount of writing time done in three bigger chunks takes “lead time x 3”, you’ll spend more time writing and less time getting ready to write if you can bundle your times together.
So think about your day. If you did chores back to back, ate at a slightly different time or otherwise changed your routine, could you put two writing times together and make one bigger one?
Sometimes our lives will only permit writing in stolen moments, but when you can, writing in longer blocks gives you more actual time to write.
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