Make Time to Write & Make the Most of your Writing Time
If you can block out even just an hour of your day, it will make all the difference - and it should be relatively simple to do. If you know you work and write better in the morning, make some room in your morning routine by getting up a little bit earlier, or showering the night before; likewise, if you find you get more done in the evenings, cut out that extra episode of your current box set and bingo, you have forty-five minutes of writing time, guilt free.
However you choose to do it, just be sure that once you have carved this precious time out of your precariously busy schedule, you make the most of it!
The best ways to do this are to …
1. Eliminate all distractions.
Turn off your phone; shut down your browser; close your laptop and step away from it whenever possible. If the passage you are writing requires extensive research, leave a gap, write yourself a note to look the details up later, and just keep writing.
If one hour is all you have, you cannot afford to waste it.
2. Carry a notebook with you everywhere you go.
And don’t forget to take a pen or a pencil too! Jotting things down as they come to you will stop you from forgetting that snappy section of dialogue that would be the perfect close to the last scene you wrote. It will also prove to be a great source of inspiration when you are stuck (especially if you use it to record fragments of conversations that you overhear when you are out and about), and a great saver of time.
Learning to write ‘on the go’ will not only help you to clock up more hours, it will also teach you to write more efficiently, both away from and at your desk.
3. Not Stop.
Take as many breaks as you need to, but do not interrupt the flow of your narrative. Resist the temptation to re-read what you have already written and instead press on, mindless of the stray commas and the odd clumsy sentence. You can remove these and rewrite them later, but for now you just have to keep going.
And, when you must finish for the day, when your time really is (regrettably) up, try not to finish on a full stop. Leave your last thought, your last thread, hanging, ready to be picked back up again tomorrow.