Writing when you don’t have time! #amwriting

Writing when you don't have time!

Writing when you don’t have time!

I’ve recently been working on a new story. It’s also the end of the school year here in Australia, I have one child graduating from primary school, a 12th birthday tomorrow, Christmas next week, work, doctors appointments, and a long list of other activities that come with the end of the year.

In spite of all of this, I’m getting a lot of writing done! I’ve got further through this novel than I have for a long time. Last night, I finished part 10!

How am I getting this done?

  1. Break it up into realistic parts – for me, I aim to write a minimum of 750 words each day. Most days I write more than this, but that is my minimum. I don’t have an end goal for the number of words for the whole book, I’m just planning to write every day until the book is done.
  2. Know how long it takes to write your words – for me, it generally takes around half an hour to write my words.
  3. Schedule in that time – I aim to sit down after the kids are in bed, however there have been a couple of times I’ll write first thing in the morning as I know I won’t be around in the evening to write my words. It’s helpful to know what you have on in any given day so your writing time will fit around other commitments.
  4. Write – Make sure you do get your words done! Find a way you can tick off your writing for the day. The site I use has a box to say that I’ve written. I know some people who mark off days on a calendar. Find a way that works best for you.
  5. Check in – Every day when I’ve written my words, I check in on my Facebook page. I usually say what chapter/part I’ve just completed, and a little about the story or what is happening in my World. This helps keep me accountable and, I hope, it gets my fans interested in this story.

Doing all of this is helping me get my story done, as well as the realisation that what I’m working on is my plan and there are quite a few details I still need to iron out, but the main thing is getting the words down so I can flesh them out when I do my next draft.

What tips do you have to get your writing done when you don’t have a lot of time?

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