Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Making Time for Writing

by ANDREA MACK on MARCH 12, 2010

Illustration Friday: ambition

Because I am so into my writing lately, it’s really hard when everyday life squeezes out my writing time. I need more! Here are a couple of ideas for how to get some:

1. Stop watching TV. Stephen King said it and he’s right. But doesn’t watching T.V. help benefit your writing by showing you how to create snappy dialogue, manage your pacing and build tension? Just watch your favourites and cut out the meaningless ones you watch just because it’s on.

2. Go out for coffee. “I’m meeting a friend for coffee” takes on a whole new meaning when your friend Cheryl is your laptop.

3. Develop insomnia. Why lie tossing and turning if you can’t sleep? I either get up and read or curl up with my writing notebook and see what happens. Sometimes, writing helps me fall back asleep.

4. Blogging appointments. I have to schedule my writing time to fit it in, so why not schedule a time for reading and posting to blogs? For me, time limits are required.

How do you make more writing time?

– Andrea

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Kate Fall 03.12.10 at 2:18 pm

I’ve been trying to do “wild and crazy” Friday nights, where I stay up late writing fun stuff. I can’t make it every Friday night, but I think I’ll make the scene (yeah, I know, my keyboard) tonight.

Christina 03.13.10 at 8:52 pm

Last week was pretty crazy for me with getting ready for my presentations. But I sat down today thinking I really need to start back up on a stricter schedule. I have to say no to some things and plan in advance when to block off my writing times.

Debbie 03.18.10 at 2:10 pm

Any time I think I don’t have enough time to write, I take a look at friends or family of mine who are parents. I admire how you parents are able to juggle child-rearing AND writing!

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