Writing Tip Wednesday: On Writing Time.

Writing time has been on my mind a lot lately. My kids are on holidays so I can’t write in my usual time slot. My routine – and I love sticking to a routine – is out of wack, which means I have to try extra hard to make time for writing or writing doesn’t get done. Whether you have kids or not, there is always going to be things that stand in the way of you writing. If you are writing in hopes to be published you need to be persistent and you have to make time to write, it’s not just going to magically appear in your schedule. You might have to give up something (I watch way less TV these days) or sometimes you just might have to say no to going out with friends and stay home and write instead.
In order to write these holidays I’ve had to get up earlier than usual and write. I’ve been getting up at 6am and writing until 8am. I consider my writing time to be precious and I fight for my time. I make sacrifices to write because I love writing and I want to make a career out of it.

Here are some inspiring words from J. K. Rowling.
“Be ruthless about protecting writing days, i.e., do not cave in to endless requests to have “essential” and “long overdue” meetings on those days. The funny thing is that, although writing has been my actual job for several years now, I still seem to have to fight for time in which to do it. Some people do not seem to grasp that I still have to sit down in peace and write the books, apparently believing that they pop up like mushrooms without my connivance. I must therefore guard the time allotted to writing as a Hungarian Horntail guards its firstborn egg.”

There is always going to be an excuse not to write. Don’t let things stand in the way of you writing! (I know some days it really is just too impossible to write, but make those days the exception, not the rule.)
As J. K. Rowling says, be ruthless about protecting writing days, you won’t get anything ever finished if you don’t.

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7 thoughts on “Writing Tip Wednesday: On Writing Time.

  1. I think that quote from JK Rowling is brilliant. Actually, I think any words that come out of her is brilliant. And so, so true. Especially what you said at the end there, about there always going to be an excuse not to write. I think the best idea is to set out a certain period of time to write each day. Though that might not always work for everyone.

    Great post! 🙂

    1. Thank you. I think that quote is brilliant too, which is why I had to included it. And I also think the best ides is to set out a certain period of time to write each day, but to also be flexible. If you know something you can’t avoid is happening the next day in your usual writing time, try and carve it out somewhere else. But even if you have to miss a day of writing, it’s not really something to stress about if you’re writing regularly.

  2. Is is awful of me to say “Thank goodness JK has the same problem?” I’ve never had much luck making rules about time for some reason so I changed tack a little recently. Now I simply say “You will not read emails until you have written xyz amount.” It seems to be working.

    1. Not awful at all, I thought the same thing myself! About half way through last year I decided to make sure I wrote before I checked emails and I’ll never go back, it was the best thing I did for my writing.

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