Generally, you should not spend more than say five hours a week, depending on your other time constraints, to write for personal fulfillment. But you sure can get a lot of writing time in this time frame—that’s twenty hours of writing for fun a month! Now doesn’t that sound like a lot of fun? It sure does, and I have written over 20 picture books in that time over the past three years.
The wonderful thing about writing for personal fulfillment is that you can organize your writing career so that you could have balance and self-fulfillment. You could slave away all week writing to make income and to get published. But then once the weekend comes, you are in luck! You could take the time to do the kinds of writing that you truly enjoy or that you want to try for fun.
So, choose a time when you could pursue a few hours of writing for personal fulfillment every week. Schedule this time into your weekly writing time and be sure to get to it. Friday and Saturday afternoons are my times to write for personal fulfillment. Make sure that you choose your times carefully.
How to Create Time for Personal Fulfillment
We all struggle with so much to do, don’t we? And we don’t seem to have a lot of time to do what we need to do let alone write for personal fulfillment. So, here are a few ways to make sure that you get some time to write for personal fulfillment every week.
So, here are a few tips to ensure that you write for personal fulfillment every week and not allow your week to evaporate before your eyes.
1. Set a day to write for personal fulfillment
I usually write for personal fulfillment on Friday. I take a few hours in the morning to just work on whatever project I choose. For me, I write picture books for personal fulfillment. I have for years now, and I have 21 manuscripts in my files in different forms of redraft and 5 are ready to get out the door.
2. Once you choose your day, try and stick with it
Try and be serious about your writing for personal fulfillment time every week. Treat this as one of your rewards for working hard all week doing your main writing goals. This is a nice change and you can become an even more rounded writer.
3. Decide what project you will be working on during your writing for personal fulfillment session
Set goals that you want to complete with your personal fulfillment project. Don’t just plunge in the dark without a plan. This will only frustrate you and you will probably not be consistent with your goals in a very short time. In fact, you may not even be motivated enough to show up for your writing for personal fulfillment time.
4. Be persistent and take your writing for personal fulfillment time seriously
Writing for personal fulfillment is very important. It will not only make you feel like a more rounded writer, but you will feel more fulfilled. So, be sure to not consider it as a hobby but serious enough for you to show up.
5. Choose a unique place to do your writing for personal fulfillment.
For best results, especially at the beginning, choose a new place to do your writing for personal fulfillment. You may want to go to the library. Or, if you have rec room in the basement, you may want to go there. Or, just sit on the floor or in the living room where you can be alone with all of your books. Wherever works—just make it different and enticing.
6. Assess how you are doing on your goals once in a while
Writing personal fulfillment should be treated just like any other kind of writing. You have to assess where you are and where you want to go otherwise you won’t really get there, will you?
By following these tips, you will be taking the time to write for personal fulfillment.
Irene S. Roth