A while ago a new friend and I discovered that we both wrote, and he asked me what my process was. I was surprised. I’d never been asked that before, but I had to admit that my “process” was getting home from dropping the kids off at school, making a cup of tea, and sitting down and banging out the words.
Before both kids started school, I wrote during nap time.
Before I had kids, I wrote after work and on weekends.
The thing is, I don’t have time to stuff around. And probably neither do you. We all have families and friends, some of us are studying, some of us are working, some are doing both, and many of us have hobbies that we also like to enjoy.
So, what do we do?
- Prioritise Your Writing
Whether it’s half-an-hour or three-hours, assign time to your writing and hold it sacred. When I get back after dropping the kids off, I sit down to write. I have other things I need to do – washing, vacuuming, dishes – but writing is my job. The only ones that comes before writing are my children and husband.
- Create Space
It’s difficult to write in a space in which you can’t find your computer, pens or papers. Have a space where you sit to write and keep it neat and tidy so that you don’t waste precious time hunting for your tools of the trade.
- Be Kind
I’ve said it before but it’s worth repeating – sometimes life will get in the way. You may have prioritised you writing but when you’re down with a nasty cold or you’ve got visitors coming, you may have to rethink things for a while. Don’t beat yourself up because you didn’t hit your word-count or didn’t get a chance to write at all. There’s always tomorrow to put the “process” back in motion.