To the Too Busy Writer

We’re all busy.

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Even when we’re lazing around, it’s because we’re avoiding the hundred other things we should be doing. And it’s okay to take little breaks from responsibility every now and then...but those tasks are still there the next day or the next week. Ick.

Those responsibilities—everyday life!—get in the way of the things we want to do…often. In fact, it takes work to not let life overwhelm and take away the time we want to spend on hobbies.

But that doesn’t have to be you.

I totally understand being busy, guys.

  • I run this freelance editing biz
  • And its blog
  • And ScribeKit
  • And that’s when I’m not watching the littles that run around here—which is most of the time! (I’m a homeschool grad and stayed home after school, so… :D )
  • Or sleeping
  • Or exercising
  • Or eating

So…yeah. I’m busy, in my own quirky ways!
You might be in school right now. Or maybe you have your own family. And a job!
BUT THAT DOESN’T MEAN YOU CAN’T WRITE YOUR BOOK!

I have some tips for you!

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MAKE THE TIME

I hate to break it to you, but you aren’t going to find the time. You have to make the time.

Figure out, through as much trial and error as you need, what time of the day you write the best—or the time of day you can spare an hour or so.
I started waking up at five so I could work on my work-in-progress, even though I’d always been a night owl kind of writer.
It wasn’t an easy decision, but it was the only way I wasn’t going to be too exhausted to get any writing in.

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KEEP YOURSELF ACCOUNTABLE—AND GET OTHERS TO HELP YOU OUT, TOO!

Find some friends who will yell at you to write when you don’t feel like it. (It’s more helpful than it sounds like it is!)
Reward yourself for sticking to your new routine.
Maybe you put stickers on a calendar on the days you write!  Those blank spaces are more motivating than you might guess.
Maybe you get a piece of chocolate after you’ve written 500 words.
Or you get to watch a YouTube video after you’ve named a character!
Write in a coffee shop every now and then.

Just because non-writers might not understand the amount of work writing is doesn’t mean that it isn’t super hard work.
Treat it as such—and treat yourself like you’re putting so much work into it, too! Because any progress is amazing!

 

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SET REASONABLE GOALS

Like I said…it’s hard work!!
Maybe you just want to write 500 words a day. That’s 3,500 a week…it adds up quickly!

I choose to measure my progress in the amount of time spent, rather than words written! 
Maybe you just want to write (or spend time with your WIP!) for an hour a day.
Whatever you have to show for it at the end of that hour, it’s an hour you’ve spent working! An hour you were intentional with your time and spent creating. And so often, just showing up is the most difficult part.

 

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DON’T SAY YOU’RE TOO BUSY!

This is sort of a mind over matter situation.

Don’t set yourself up for failure.

If you really care about that story, you’ll make the time to write it.  So don't let Netflix play that next episode--start writing instead!

That negativity of “I'm too busy” will be true on some days.
Let me repeat that.  Some days, you just won’t be able to make the time to write.
But that’s okay.

It doesn’t mean your story isn’t important.
It does mean that you shouldn't feel guilty for missing a day of writing here and there.

 

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GET IN THE HABIT OF WRITING AND STICK WITH IT

 

Like any other habit, it’s way easier said than done! But try to write something every day.
Journal.
Freewrite.
Find some writing prompts and fill up a page.


It doesn’t have to be a lot…just write.
It’ll keep you inspired on those days when you’re just not there enough to drag out that novel to work on it.

Exercise those writing muscles! You’re gonna need ‘em.

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