As a neophyte author or aspiring author time to write doesn’t exist. In our materialistic society there very often isn’t time built into our schedules for things that don’t bring income into the home. Now add to that the fact that we live in an microwave society where everything has to happen within seconds–it makes it almost impossible for a new writer with bills to find time to write if the words aren’t bringing in the cashflow immediately.
Here’s what you have to do–the same way that you have created a whole world of people with a series of issues that you need to tend to you must create your time to write.
There are some writers who will tell you that you must write everyday in order to call yourself a writer.
This next statement is going to be very controversial. I don’t write everyday and I call myself an author (don’t look at your computer screen like that). It’s true I don’t write everyday. I’ve written everyday this week, but I don’t write everyday.
I’m a one woman show in a sense.
While I am traditionally published Actually, I am no longer traditionally published. Let’s
restate that–while my first two novels were traditionally published God and I have been my publicity team. With a full-time job as an educator in the classroom, a husband, two kids (who live with me unlike those girls on reality t.v. that get to leave their kids with their mamas while they pursue their dreams) writing everyday is really difficult.
Now, when I do sit down to write here’s how I create time to write
- Nix lunch. Skip your lunch break at work. Brown bag it and bust out the laptop. That’s an hour of writing there.
- Transform your down time–when I drop my girls off at dance class I tote my laptop with me and while their working the beat my fingers are flying
- Classic Early Bird/Night Owl–Either you rise before dawn and everyone in your house lets out their first yawn or you stay up while everyone in your household enters the early stages of REM sleep.
I used to feel guilty about not doing what everyone else was doing, but with my second novel Seasoned with Grace scheduled to be released, July 28, 2015 and a novella, Tempted to Touch coming soon with Inheritance Books. The guilt has been assuaged because I do not write everyday that doesn’t make me any less of a writer than anyone else. There are teachers that I work with who teach night classes and Saturday school. I haven’t stopped calling myself an educator because I don’t teach eight hours a day six days a week. It would be foolish for me and any other new other to discredit themselves because they haven’t found their footing yet. I’m going to continue creating time to write when I am able to and recommend you do the same.
How do you currently create time to write? Which one of the suggestions above might help you create more time to write and advance your goals.
For more information about making time to write and publishing if you’re in the New York City are please join myself and author, Theresa A. Campbell at the Yonkers Public library for a workshop on the path to publication–where we share our experiences and tips and tricks to help you get past the dream stage and into the area of manifestation.