Finding Time to Write

by Susan May Warren
Listen,
I know you’re all swamped with working, running a household and writing. You probably don’t even have time to read this blog.  But in the
chance you do, I thought I’d give you a few tips that help me juggle my
life as MBT Head Coach, being a sports mom and writing.  
  1. Establish a set time every day, or every other day to write and keep this time sacred
    Block it out on your calendar.  If you only write “when you can,” then
    there will always be things that will get in the way…from walking the
    dog to making chocolate chip cookies…  Set a time, and keep that
    appointment with yourself, telling yourself you are investing in your
    dreams. 
  2. Keep a writing Journal and every day log what you have done, and your goals for the next day. 
    You will access different sides of your brain as you are writing than
    you do when you are working, and instead of always keeping both sides
    active, if you write down where you were and where you want to go each
    day, you can let your creative side “rest” while you are at work,
    knowing you can pick right back up when you return to your writing
    enclave.
  3. Keep a notepad handy for those sudden ideas.
    I use Evernote – I have it on every device, so all I have to is grab it
    and add my thought to it. Your subconscious is always at work,  and I
    guarantee that you will be right in the middle of a meeting, or an
    email, or even lunch, and suddenly you will hear/see/dream up your next
    scene.  Quick – grab your notebook before you lose your though and write
    down just enough words to trigger the memory again, later.  Then, you
    won’t have lost it, but will have put it into its appropriate place to
    be pulled out during your writing time. [And…if you don’t want to use
    Evernote, use your writing Journal.  Sometimes, I turn it upside down
    and write from the back to the front to keep my revision, creative notes
    in the same notebook as my daily writing journal.  Then I only have to
    keep track of one journal!]
  4. Rest and Recreate! 
    When you are trying to write, it’s very important to escape from your
    story to exercise, or hang out with friends, read a good book, watch
    football, go to church. Even take a drive, turn on music and let your
    brain relax.  The well of ideas will run dry if you don’t replenish, so
    make sure you schedule in time for these.  BALANCE is the key here.
     Yes, you’ll need to sacrifice, but you’ll find that if you sacrifice
    too much, you’ll run dry.  [or lose your mind!]
It’s
not easy to hold down a full schedule of LIFE activities and write, but
if you carve out specific time, set goals, make notes to capture your
creativity and stay well-balanced in the other areas of life, you will
find that the writing will spill out of you, and that sooner than later,
you will have a finished novel!  (or 2 or 3!)

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Susan May Warren is owner of Novel Rocket and the founder of Novel.Academy. A Christy and RITA award-winning author of over fifty novels with Tyndale, Barbour, Steeple HillSummerside Press and Revell publishers, she’s an eight-time Christy award finalist, a three-time RITA Finalist, and a multi-winner of the Inspirational Readers Choice award and the ACFW Carol. A popular writing teacher at conferences around the nation, she’s also the author of the popular writing method, The Story Equation. A full listing of her titles, reviews and awards can be found at: www.susanmaywarren.com. Contact her at: susan@mybooktherapy.com.