Writing Time, Part 67. Carving Out Writing Time

michaelclockcroppedOf course, we who love our work are more likely to make time for it. But, make time out of what? Busy lives, tons of demands from family, friends, home, and work appear to fill every day to bursting.

Carving moments of peace for employing our drafting skills–and for anything else, for that matter–is a skill in itself. We blink, and the better part of the day is gone. All we have left are a couple of hours best spent not with brandy in the basement, typing madly into the night, but with our loved ones, building lives and memories and getting ourselves and our writing brains  a good night’s sleep.

One way to approach carving out times of serenity is to begin by imagining the goal. Picture ourselves at our favourite time of day for drafting, in our favourite writing place. For many of us, we feel freshest in the morning. And, we probably have an hour or two, within a morning or two during the week that is at least meant to be under our control.

The next step is to look at this block of time. What activity fills it now?

Can it be canned, or perhaps chunked through the week, like shopping or cleaning? Or, if it’s a wonderful activity, could it move to the afternoon or evening?

And if it can’t be canned, moved, or spread throughout the week, for example if you’re dealing with a 24/7 boss, or tiny children, it’s worth remembering the words of a friend of mine, “There’s a time for everything, and your time will come.”

Because, when life really is too busy to write, that’s when we gain experiences to write about.

I hope you’ll have another brilliant writing week. Cheers Mel

muse smallThis week from @yourwritingmuse: Stuck for an idea, you list 20 ways it could happen. Superb writing practice. Your Writing Muse #amwriting @pulpliterature

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