Being note 100 of my writing challenge, I thought I’d make this one a bit different – it’s about how I find the time to write and where I feel comfortable writing. I also want to share a link with you from ‘the writer today’ where Ana blogs about ‘five ways to put more hours in your writing day’. Her blog will give you more tips on how to find the time to write as well as suggesting that you make writing a priority, which is exactly what I have been doing over the last few months!
So, when and where do I write…
On the train
One of my favourite times to write is on the train to and from work. It’s the bridge between home and work life and I call it my ‘me-time’. Writing also helps me switch off between the two fast pace areas of my life. The thirty minute journey each way whizzes past as quick as the Kent countryside and my typing keeps up at full speed. With laptop perched on my lap, I write articles, letters, blogs, notes and update my book. I can write thousands of words a week this way. Sometimes music helps whilst I am writing; mainly ballads, but never when I am editing. For this I am happy with the faint humming of the train or audio CDs that I have purchased specifically for concentrating.
Even with commuters all around me, I can maintain focus. If it gets a bit noisy, I use it to my advantage – I once typed a dialogue between two very interesting people (although I didn’t do anything with it, it’s all good writing practice).
Even though I am on the computer all day at work, I sometimes go to the park at lunchtime to write in my notebook (I love sitting on a bench in the quiet park) or go to the library with my laptop. Ocassionally, I log onto one of the library computers which gives me free access to the internet for thirty minutes. I go back to work in the afternoon in a different frame of mind.
In the evening
After I’ve had some family time and the children are in bed, I log on for my evening writing session for one to two hours – sometimes in front of the television but mostly in my little corner of the spare room. Although the desk is tiny, I have all my books to hand so that I don’t have to do more than reach my arm out to look something up. This is usually when I update my daily blog (if I haven’t already completed it on the train or at lunchtime).
Another blogger’s suggestions (thewritertoday.com)
In an attempt to see what others do, I have found a really good blog by Ana called ‘Five ways to put more hours in your writing day’ – here’s the link: http://www.thewritertoday.com/2009/12/five-ways-to-put-more-hours-in-your.html. In her blog, Ana mentions the phrase ‘practice makes perfect’, but reveals that the real truth is that ‘practice makes possible’. It’s a great read.
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Link to blog on ‘the writer today’: http://www.thewritertoday.com/2009/12/five-ways-to-put-more-hours-in-your.html
These are good suggestions, and like all things, I’m sure, it all takes keeping to a routine and staying in that routine. I think the problem for me, and probably most people, is keeping to a routine like that. My writing is very sporadic and I don’t keep to a definite schedule, but then again I haven’t had a steady routine for work and school and life, so I write when I can write. Thanks for these tips.
Thank you for your comments Jason. As one reader once commented to me – find some quiet time, keep writing and stay focussed and the rest will follow in time. Good luck
One of the things I have said in my blog about writing is writing on the train. The daily trip from the Bronx to Lower Manhattan is 45 minutes. With my ipone i get to listen to slow music and type scenes, character profiles and whatever else crosses my mind.
It the most peaceful 45 minutes of my day and I make it twice a day. Glad to see another writer likes the train.
Thanks for your comment. 45 minutes writing on the train, twice a day – that’s excellent! I often wish my 30 minute journey was longer just to get more done.