In a dream world, we would all get eight hours every day to do nothing but work on our stories. But not even full-time writers get that opportunity every day! With all the chaos, you have to learn how to capitalize on your writing week.
But how do you do that when the dog is whining, your kids are crying, and your spouse needs your help? Watch the video to learn 3 easy tips to reserve more time each week to write.
I know that might sound hard to do but committing to your writing time is vital if you ever want to get published. Here are 3 ways you can find time even in the busiest schedule:
1. Write down your goals.
Not having writing goals is like hopping into a car and driving aimlessly for hours, then getting hangry because you realize too far out of town that what you really wanted was food. Don’t let that happen to you!
Instead, think about why you started writing and what you hope to gain from it. If you’re focused on just having a fun hobby and don’t care when or if your story gets published, your goals will be different than a writer looking to make a career in writing.
2. Determine how much time you can commit.
With any goal, you don’t want to set the bar too high outside the starting line, or else you may never make it to the finish line. Meaning don’t say you’re going to write 3,000 words each day if you don’t even write once a week right now.
Instead, think of a realistic time commitment you can keep in your writing week. But, as with going overboard, don’t let yourself get lazy and say you can only write an hour, if you can realistically commit more.
The only way to get published is to put in the work.
3. Hold yourself accountable.
After you schedule the time on the calendar, keep that appointment. You wouldn’t make a hair appointment and then blow it off to watch Netflix. So don’t treat your writing that way!
When it comes time to write, you need to be fully vested with a distraction-free zone. Keep your phone in another room if you have to or turn off the internet. Whatever will allow you to focus on just your story.
Awesome! You now know the three easy steps to make the most of your writing week. And if you really want to hold yourself accountable, print out the monthly planner from The Resource Library so you always keep your focus. (It’s free!)
The planner is the only way I’ve managed to write over 500,000 words since November. It works! 😄
And if you’d like to learn more about finding time to write, read these articles:
- How to Find Time to Write and Not Feel Guilty
- Easy Ways to Find More Time to Write
- Motivate Yourself to Write, Even when You Don’t Want To
- 3 Things Every New Writer Needs