As every writer knows, there are always a dozen more pressing things to do than actually write. But if you really want to, then you will find the time. Below are some suggestions which I have found helpful.
What time of day?
Everyone has a good and bad time to write. Some writers prefer to get up half an hour early in the morning, others to burn the midnight oil. Decide which is best for you and aim to write then. It’s probably best not to aim for a certain number of words. Instead, aim to write for a set period of time every day.
Write when you’re in a working frame of mind
Some writers find it easier to get going if they’re already in a working mood. You might be able to stay on at work for an extra hour a day – or start earlier.
Utilise time that would otherwise be wasted
What do you normally do in your lunch hour? If this is wasted time, then you could use it to write. Take a notebook and pen outside, or, if there is nowhere quiet to concentrate at your workplace, try sitting in the car.
I know one very busy lady who always took two old ladies shopping on Thursdays. While they were going round Sainsbury’s she sat in the car and wrote. She called it her supermarket writing. She wrote three novels like this!
Know what you’ll write about before you sit down
This might sound obvious, but it’s a lot easier (and less time consuming) if you know what you’re actually going to write about before you begin. If you know what the first line is and have a vague idea of the storyline, you can get straight into the writing. Thinking time should not have to take place at the computer. It can be done while you’re washing up, walking the dog, etc.
Some time is better than no time
We are often put off by not having a long stretch of time at our disposal. The truth is you don’t need a lot of time. Everyone writes at different speeds, but not many people finish a whole piece in one sitting. You will have to come back to it again, but if you don’t start you’ll have nothing to edit. Even if you only have twenty minutes – make a start. You’ll be amazed how the time adds up.