Now I understand as mature women we all have responsibilities that cannot be ignored. I get that. There are times in a person’s life when you just can't write. Those situations include the birth of a baby, family crisis, environmental crisis, etc. However, given the fact this woman was at the workshop led me to believe that her job was the main reason she cannot not write.
Here are some examples of writers who make the time to write:
- One friend in particular works between 50-60 hours a week, cares for her two small children, spends quality time with her husband and has recently acquired two puppies that require a lot of attention. Still, she finds a few hours a week to write.
- Another friend works a regular full time job, cares for two small children, takes two classes every semester while she is in graduate school and finds a few hours a week to write.
The ladies are inspirations to me and many others.
But where does this time come from?
- Take 15 minutes out of your lunch hour
- Take 15 minutes in the morning before work starts
- Use your 15 minute break to write
- Get up a little bit earlier
- Go to bed a little bit later
- Write while you wait for your child to finish soccer practice
- Write while you are waiting for an appointment (doctor's office, etc.)
- Give up television and video games
- Forget about FaceBook, Twitter and surfing the Web.
- Limit your e-mail time
Carving out 15 minutes a day can add up to a lot words, and lots of words add up to lots of pages.
Do not forget about using technology to help you work more efficiently. The AlphaSmart is a popular choice followed closely by NetBook.
If you can’t afford to acquire technical gadgets, write in a notebook and transcribe it later. The idea is to get words on a page. Without those words, you have nothing. A friend uses this method successfully, and she swears she is more creative.
In short, stop dreaming about finding the time to write and make it happen. Everyone deserves the chance to go after their dreams. Do not let life keep you on the sidelines while you watch everyone else pursuing their passion.
So my friends, please share your ideas about where to find time to write. Also, what tools/methods help you be a more efficient writer?