Blogger: Rachel Kent
We all know that life is often overwhelming–many writers are balancing work, family, home upkeep, writing and countless other things. I have heard of a few techniques my clients use for finding time to write and I’d love to hear what you do, too.
1) The first technique is getting up 1-2 hours before the rest of the household. Many mothers and fathers do this so that they have uninterrupted time to write before the kids wake up. I can’t imagine getting up so early and being able to focus on work, but moms and dads are amazing people. I assume this technique works at night as well, but I haven’t actually heard of authors setting aside writing time late at night. Are you an early morning or late night writer?
2) The second technique is to set aside one entire day per week to power through and write a chunk of your book. This technique works well for working writers or for writers who have young children. If a writer has young children it’s best for the kids to be out of the house on this one day a week. Perhaps it could be grandma/grandpa day or that writer’s spouse could take the kids out of the house for the day. The hard thing with this technique is keeping on task and avoiding burnout. It’s easy to let your mind stray if you are working on the same thing all day long. Do any of you have a one-day-a-week writing schedule? How do you avoid burnout?
3) The third technique I’ve heard about is the “fit it in” technique. This is when a writer takes whatever time he or she can find to write. It’s not the most organized approach, but for some people it really works. I think this technique only works for people who are able to easily put down writing in the middle of a thought and pick back up again without losing that writing rhythm. Are any of you “fit it in” writers?
These three techniques only work if the writer actually makes the time to work and sticks to the plan. Procrastination or allowing distractions to seep in can completely derail any of these three techniques.
Which of these techniques do you use or do you have something else you do to fit your writing in to you life? How do you avoid distractions?