Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Managing Your Writing Time

The number one question I'm asked when I tell people I blog is "How do you find time to write?" Everyone has heard the adage "You don't find time, you make time." I feel kind of stuck-up saying that even though it's true. So instead I simply say, "I get up at 5 am to write."

This repose is usually met with one of two responses.

1. I couldn't do that.

2. I have to go to work at that time so I can't.

If I hear answer #2 I get it--work has to come first, families need to be provided for. But #1? If you're going to complain about how you don't have time to write, then do something about it!

Yes, getting up at 5 is hard. I don't do it everyday. Sometimes my kids are sick and I'm up all night. Sometimes other obligations have to take precedence. But I try to do it every day that I can. More importantly, getting up to write is at the top of my to-do list for the day. If I don't do that first, it won't happen.

The other thing that's helped me through is having someone to write with. Mon-Fri at 5:30 am I meet James Duckett, Donna Weaver, and Shelly Brown at the iwrite chat room. We keep each other accountable so that it's harder to miss days.

The whole point is, if you want to write and blog you may have to sacrifice to get there. 5 am doesn't work for everyone, but there is something that can work for you.

I challenge you to find out how to make it all work. If you have to sacrifice a little blogging to work on your book, do it! I didn't blog for half of February becasue I was busy with edits. Make the effort and you'll be able to reap the reward.

How do you find time to write?

P. S. Please, Please, Please, check out this post by Leigh Covington about a donation bomb for Ben Wolverton this Friday. It's a great cause!
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