Even though I love to write, I can think of about a million and one excuses for why I’m not writing. Writers are often skilled procrastinators, too, you know.
Just the title stopped me in my tracks as I glumly nodded my head. Guilty as charged. I love to talk about writing. It’s one of my favorite things to talk about. I eagerly tell friends and family that it’s my goal to write a novel. It’s my dream to walk in a bookstore and see my name and labor of love sitting on the shelf for all to see. Sometimes I spend too much time thinking, reading and blogging about writing that I forget to take the time to actually write!
My biggest issue right now is figuring out how to make time for writing (although this is probably the worst excuse of them all!) and figuring out what time of day my writing is at its best and I’m feeling most creative. After graduating from school in May and transitioning into a 8-5 job, I’m just starting to feel completely adjusted to my new schedule.
I wake up around 6:15 (so waking up any earlier to get some writing in really isn’t a feasible option for me unless I think I can legibly write my my eyes half open). I head to work from about 7:45ish to 5:15ish. I do a lot of writing for my job, which I absolutely love, but sometimes I find it difficult to come home and start doing my own personal writing because my brain needs a break. I recently joined the gym and I came home tonight after my workout and sort of got a second wind, so I’m planning on trying my hand at writing after the gym.
Some authors work best when they write on a strict schedule. Others, like Allison Winn Scotch scatter writing throughout their day and their schedule often depends on what point they are at in the writing process.
John Scalzi recently posted:
Well, look. Either you want to write or you don’t, and thinking that you want to write really doesn’t mean anything. There are lots of things I think I’d like to do, and yet if I don’t actually make the time and effort to do them, they don’t get done.
The truth is, writing can be done at any time. There will never be a perfect time or place to write. Even though I’d like to figure out a nice schedule to get myself into, to make writing a habit, I acknowledge that I’ll probably stray from the schedule. Writing a novel can’t be tied into a neat little bow.
Writers make time for writing. It’s what they do. Some have schedules. Some carry notebooks and jot down scenes in the supermarket. Some write late into the night fueled by coffee. Others write while the rest of their families sleep and the sun is rising.
There is no clear-cut equation for finding the time to write. Unfortunately, there’s no easy answer. Every writer is different.
It doesn’t matter when you do it, as long as it’s getting done. Just write. These are the words I’ll be repeating to myself everyday: just write.
When do you write? Tell me a little bit about your personal writing schedule, if you have one.