Writing Myths Monday #2

Good Morning Writers! I hope you’ve had a productive writing week. Let’s jump on in to this weeks writing myth.

Myth #2 – I don’t have time to write

You didn’t just say that, did you? First, lets put aside our current stay at home orders. This unlimited amount of time at home will come to an end. We will not be isolated from the outside world forever.

In the non-Covid19 world, we have so many opportunities to write through out the day. We just aren’t recognizing them. True we may not have six hours a day of uninterrupted time but we do have pockets of 5-10 or even 15 minutes in our day. If you start looking at your day in the frame of minutes, not hours, i bet you will find a bunch of micro writing spots. You just need to be prepared when an opportunity arises.

What I did to figure out where my extra minutes were is I wrote out my daily schedule. This helped me to see what I was doing during the day and where I could get a bit of writing time. I found time in the morning before leaving for work, some time in the afternoon once I returned from work, and time in the evening after dinner. I had more open time on the weekends than I had during the week. I did notice I could have an hour to an hour and a half of writing time in the afternoon after work. But I decided to claim only thirty minutes of that time for writing. I spent the other hour with my Dad. We talk about our day and what he’s been working on in his workshop.

Reclaiming your time from your schedule is only part of the job. You need to be prepared with something to write or edit. I plan out for the week what I need to do. Before bed I decide what I want to work on the next day and I have it ready to go. This way I don’t have to think about it in the morning. It’s just grab and go.

It all comes down to making the time. Some days it’s easier than others. Don’t beat yourself up over not getting to writing because something came up. You’ve got this. You write because you love it and you’ve always got time for the things you love.

Have a great week and keep on writing.

As always, please follow me on Instagram @beinglaurakmarshall

Newman keeping me on schedule.

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