Hey all! Sorry it’s been so long since I’ve posted. I’ve got my usual gamut of excuses, and I’m not gonna bore you with them. Suffice it to say, summer has been busy for me.
Which brings me to the topic of today’s post: keeping writing when you’re crazy busy. Clearly, it’s a challenge for me. I presume it’s also a challenge for many others out there; I’ve found that I tend to be much less alone in the challenges I face than I think I am.
So, how do you keep writing when your schedule seems determined to stop you? Here are some of the ways I try to keep on top of my word-count goals:
- Set aside a scheduled daily time to write. This one sounds dumb, but if you really try to fit a specific writing time into your daily schedule, it becomes much easier to make sure that at least a few words get written. If there’s, say, an hour where you have the opportunity to write, set that time aside for writing. Turn off your WiFi if you need to, put your phone across the room, sit down, and just write.
- Jot down as many words as you can intermittently whenever you can. This is by far my favourite method of keeping up with the writing when I get busy. If you’ve got a minute here or thirty seconds there, bust out your computer or, even better (if you can manage it) your phone and jot down a couple words. My NaNoWriMo books get done every month because of this method; with my schedule, I rarely have an hour or more straight every day to just sit and write, and so instead I just scribble a few words into my projects whenever I get a chance.
- Prioritise. This one requires a good amount of introspection. You really need to consider what items on your list you may be able to shorten or push back, and to consider where writing falls on your priority list. If there’s something on your list that’s maybe not urgent and not important, maybe consider putting writing above that. Conversely, if writing falls lower on your priority list than something else, don’t feel bad about doing that thing first, even if it means you don’t get to writing that day. Which brings me to my last point:
- Forgive yourself if you miss a day. If writing is something you wanna do full-time, or as much so as possible, it can be hard to be okay with not writing for a few days at a time. But if your other obligations really begin to overwhelm you, don’t feel bad about missing some writing time. Really. It’s okay. Every writer has off days.
This is just what I do when I need to find a way to cram writing into my schedule. I hope you guys found any of these tips helpful, and like I said, don’t feel bad if you don’t always succeed. Thank you all for reading, and as always, just keep writing!