Tips to Help You Find Time to Write/By Irene S. Roth

There are so many things that can rob us of our
writing time at our desks. Some things can be
expected, while other things can be avoided and
eliminated altogether.

In the next few minutes, I will share with you some
key tips to ensure that you not only find time to write
but that you write successfully.

Tip #1. Schedule time to write

Writers are most successful when they set a time of
day on specific days to do their writing. I, for instance,
do my writing every morning, except weekends, from 6
a.m. to 9 a.m. When I’m teaching, I write until 8:00 a.m.
an then between classes when I get a chance.

Tip #2. Minimize needless distractions

If you have set up a time to write, do nothing but
write. Don’t answer emails, the phone, or be
interrupted by family members, unless its urgent.
Make sure that you stick to your plan to write. Be
serious about it. Your family and friends will get the
message then.

Tip #3. You can do a lot in short spurts of time

If you’re working full time, spread out your writing
during the day. Just make sure that whatever times you
choose that you’re consistent. For instance, you may be
able to write for 20 minutes during your lunch hour
three days a week, or come to work a half an hour
earlier and write then. Or you may be able to write
before or after dinner. The time does add up and you
could get a lot done.

Tip #4. Commit to your writing time as if it was a job

You don’t show up to work late, so don’t show up to
write late. And don’t let small things get in the way.
Communicate your commitments with your family
members, and commit to your writing. That way, your
friends and family will see that you are indeed serious
and that you need time to write.

Tip #5. Act as a writer

Many of us write as if it is a hobby. But if we’re to be
successful, writing has to be much more than a hobby.
It has to be a conscious way of life for us. So, you may
want to carry a pad of paper with you or a clipboard
and/or binder so that you could jot down ideas as they
come to you. Also, if you bring along some of your
writing, you may have time to make corrections when
you least expect it, such as when you’re waiting at the
doctor’s office, sitting in a traffic jam, or waiting for
someone. Always make the most of your time.

Tip #6. Inform your Family of your plans to write

Make sure that your family knows that you will
write during certain times of the day and week and
nothing, except emergencies, will come between you
and you writing. Tell them that you need their
cooperation so that you could honour your writing
commitments. If you don’t establish this with your
family, your success rate won’t be as if you do.

We can all find time to write. We may have to be
creative in finding these times. But where there is a
will, there`s a way.

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