Time to Write?

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We all know that when it comes to writing, you just apply the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair, and bash out the words. But when you’re an aspiring writer who has to hold down a day job, and/or have other necessary distractions in your life, it can be difficult to find the time to write.

Even as a professional writer it can tricky as occasionally meetings, travel, networking, and the like, can consume your schedule, leading to pangs of guilt or annoyance about NOT writing.

So, when your schedule is crammed, how do you find the time to write? I asked a few friendly folk on Twitter for their approach.

Hmm, must be especially hard to find the time to write when you’ve got a newborn toddler on your hands?

‘It’s about time to reach a standard’. I like that a lot. OK, great, say you do manage to find time to write. But where in your day do you cram it in? What do you do to maximise productivity?

Recently, I’ve found my schedule split between the Nelson Nutmeg edit, script reading, teaching and meetings, with little time to write. So I set a page target of 14 pages per week (or 2 pages per day), just to ensure that writing gets done, especially on new specs, which are so important.

So there you have it. No time to write? No excuses! WRITE. 🙂

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