Welcome to the twelfth and final installment (for now) of From the Writing Desk! Cue intro! Wait, I don’t have an intro. So in this post, I’m going to be talking about making time to write. Ironic, considering I’m barely a month into my six month long break from reality. So I have all the time in the world right now. But, in another five months, I’ll be joining the workforce. So that means I’ll have to take a huge hit on my writing time, so in preparation for that, I’ve thought about this problem.
First of all, a look at my current writing schedule. I post four blog posts each week as of last month and aim to continue doing so for the duration of my break, but I’m writing more than four blog post each week, to help create a buffer for myself, as I have tendency to go into slumps of decreased productivity. That, and hopefully it will create a safety net for myself while I try to find my feet when I start to work full time.
Besides writing blog posts, I’m also writing a novel. I write five thousand words every week, so that’s about an hour or two’s work every weekday. I do any catching ups I need during the weekends. However, next year will be different, as I don’t intend to write any new novels. Maybe a short story here and there, but I’ll be focusing my efforts on revising the six books I’ve completed so far. Hopefully I’ll have something to query by the end of next year. Fingers crossed.
So that’s a lot of writing I’m currently doing, something I’ve only been able to keep up because of I’m relatively flexible schedule as a postgrad, and now as a NEET.
The following are some tenets that I will be holding on to next year, and I already have to some extent, it’s just not really challenged yet.
- Prioritize Writing
I’ll be giving writing a very high priority in my life. Work will have to come first, I just hope I don’t get called for a lot of overtime. Sleep is important too. Being sleep deprived just jams the gears in my brain. I’ll have to balance writing with spending time with my family and friends. But I think I’ll able to do that part rather easily. The hardest would be do sacrifice some me time, like listening to podcasts, watching YouTube videos, playing games and yes, even reading books. I’ll probably only have four hours every weekday. I’ll make sure to set aside five hours total during the weekdays for writing.
- Plan outside my writing time
Next, I’m going to plan and outline what I’m going to write before my writing time. I hope to able to find sometime during work, like lunch breaks or commute time, to think about what I want to write and do some research, so that I wouldn’t waste time figuring what to write during the actual writing time.
- Creating a plan and sticking with it
I’ll have to come out with a better plan, or schedule, in tackling the things I want to do. I only have a limited number of free hours per week, so I’ll need to spend it wisely. I’ll need to focus on several things, so managing that time needs to be something I’m consciously doing. And I’ll need to set aside time for me to unwind, otherwise I’ll just be killing myself. If time is not enough, I’ll need to figure out what to cut back. Maybe the number of blog posts per week, or hours I spend gaming.
- Learn to take advantage of smart devices
I have the wordpress app on my phone and my iPad, so I’ll need to start to learn to use them to write blog posts. And more importantly, I’ll need to learn to be able to write something down and then pause my train of thought before continuing later on. By learning to do this, I’ll be able to make use of small breaks and free time here and there throughout the day to write.
Those are the few principles I hope to abide by when the time comes. Do you have any recommendations on how to make time to write? If you do, let me know! I love to know how you make time to write, especially those of you who are already working full time.
That’s all from me. Happy writing!