One of the questions I get asked most often is: how do you find the time to write? People seem to equate finishing a novel while working a demanding full-time job with pulling off a miracle, but I’m here to tell you there’s nothing miraculous about it! I make time to write because it is important to me. I juggle balancing writing with my day job, spending time with my family, cleaning, working out, and taking care of my puppy. Among other obligations. If you’re having trouble fitting writing into your life I suggest checking out Jessica Abel’s book Growing Gills. It will help you prioritize tasks and organize yourself so you can carve out time to work on creative projects.
My writing week in a nutshell (also seen in the infographic below):
- 1.5 hours spent on word output/active writing during my train ride to work
- 1 hour (sometimes 2-3, depending) spent editing another project on Saturday or Sunday morning
- 1.5 hours on marketing – throughout the week, when I can or on the weekend
- 35 minutes on social media – 5 minutes per day or one 30-minute session on the weekend
I have worked at this pace for several years. At this rate I am able to finish 1.5 books per year. Would I love to write more? Yes. But I think I’m doing alright if I do say so myself 🙂
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