For those who love to put language on paper–or on screens–“how to find time to write” may be the most difficult question to answer; perhaps even more difficult than calculating the origins of the universe itself.
But I have done it. I have broken the code.
So, allow me to break the news to you softly:
You’ll never find time. There isn’t any to find. Sorry, Charlie.
When you approach writing from the perspective of finding time, you’ll never find it. Instead, you’ll find frustration.
Serious writers don’t find time; they make time.
You don’t have time to write?
Well, you may not have the flexibility, or the resources, like many mainstream authors to hole yourself up at a beach house, a friends house, a cabin–minimizing all distractions–for a week to a month…,
…but there are things you can do.
- Wake up early.
- Stay up late.
- Skip the tavern on the way home, and go to the library.
- Give up Walking Dead reruns…and start writing!
If you’re single, it can be easier.
If you have a family, it can be more of a challenge.
I had the good fortune to talk to an old friend last week who is an up-and-coming fantasy author. We talked about how vital it is to have a supportive spouse. He and his wife made an arrangement that enables him to spend his creative energy in the mornings.
“Sweetie, I’m going to be ignoring you for the next hour or so.”
Another author friend of mine, who is just about to release his third novel, worked out an arrangement where he could stay at his office a few extra hours after work.
You mean he’s on his third book and still has a full-time job???
Let me break it to you softly: Median income for self-published authors is $500… per year!
But there is hope. Just remember:
Persistence and consistency leads to excellence and proficiency.
Personally, I like to write when the family is in bed.
My book, The Tale of Nottingswood, came to me in the middle of the night.
Whatever you do, if writing is a passion of yours–not just a hobby–as you make time for your writing, be sure to make time for those who love and support you in the process.
Read the first 28 pages of JR’s latest novelette, The Tale of Nottingswood, for free by visiting Nottingswood.com. Available now in print, or pre-order the eBook for a discount on iBooks, Nook, or Kobo.