Sometimes the hardest part about writing is finding time to just sit down and write. (I love my laptop, it helps a lot.) It’s mostly about making writing a priority. That’s the first step. Believe me, I know, because I didn’t do it for years. Then I wondered why I hadn’t gotten anywhere. Sheesh! Now I make writing a priority, and it’s made all the difference.
It’s still hard to fit it in sometimes, especially since I work full-time. That’s where my laptop comes in. Almost every day I use my lunch hour to write. It’s not always big important, stuff. I mean, it’s only one hour. But it is a great time to respond to emails, edit my query, edit other people’s pieces, research agents, and much more. In fact, I did all fourof those things on my lunch hour today! (That was highly productive for me, especially when I discovered an agent I’ve been dying to query is open once again 🙂 )
Now when I can’t find the time to write, it feels like I let myself down. Which brings me to my next point. I feel awful when I don’t find time to write because I’ve made goals for myself. At the beginning of the year I made a whole list of goals (2011 Goals), and posting those goals for all to see helps keep me accountable. Now that we’re a few months into the year, I felt the need to refocus. So I revamped my goals (see previous post). It’s a process, like most things. Ugh, I know. But that’s what works for me. Goals and deadlines motivate me. So find what motivates you and don’t be afraid to make big goals. It doesn’t matter if you reach every goal on time. The main thing is that you make writing a priority and work on your goal. That’s what counts.
I’d love to hear from you! What are your tricks for fitting writing into your day?