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Finding the Time to Write

November is usually a busy month. Aside from NaNoWriMo, there are family events, the holidays, and other happenings going on. For some reason, though, this year November has been the busiest.

My weekends have been booked with family events. My nephew was Baptized, my sister is hosting a party at my house, I have two events going on at my church that I have to be a part of and help prepare for, and there’s Thanksgiving at the end of the month. There’s also work, babysitting, and trying to find time to hang out with friends and relaxing.

I’m expected to write 50,000 words on top of that? Well, then.

Finding the Time to Write

How do you find the time to get your writing done each and every day?

For me, I know that I work best in the morning. I leave for work at 7:40, though. If I have to get ready for work, eat breakfast, and try to do some other things, I can’t wake up at 6:45 and expect myself to be ready to go in an hour like some people do.

I get up at 5:30 in the morning. I get dressed, get my coffee, and then I sit at my computer and write from 5:45 to 6:45/7:00. Then I get everything else done I need to get done in the half hour before I need to go to work.

I can write about 2,000 words in an hour, if I focus hard enough. So, most mornings I’m able to reach my daily word count before going to work. As long as I can reach 1,667 words, I’m good for the rest of the day.

It makes me feel good because I know I don’t have to worry about writing for the rest of the day. There are days when I do write when I get home in the evening, but I don’t have to if I don’t feel like it.

What makes this November different from all the other NaNo sessions is that I’ve really been sticking to this. I always write in the morning before work, but there have been a couple of mornings where I’ve thought to just do it later. Maybe it was because I was too tired or I just wasn’t feeling any of the prompts I set up for myself.

When that happens, I make myself write anyway.

It may take me a little longer to reach my word count, I may end up making a ton of typos, the story may not come out as well as it could have been, but I get the writing done.

I don’t wait for the inspiration, I just do it.

The weekends are harder. You would think they’d be easier since I don’t have work, but I’m out of my routine. So it’s harder.

Saturdays aren’t too bad because Kris and I go to our local bookstore to write. So I have about three to four hours to get my daily word count in and I usually end up with more words than usual.

Sundays are difficult because I have church in the morning. I go early because I teach Sunday school and when I get home I end up relaxing and not doing much of anything.

This past Sunday, when my nephew was Baptized, I wrote before going to church. I forced myself to get it done because I knew I wasn’t going to have any time to do it later.

A lot people give advice to not wait for inspiration and just write something, anything, on your paper. Judging by the way this month has been going so far, I can tell you that advice is sound and very true.

How do you find the time to get your writing done? Let me know in the comments!

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Born and raised in Massachusetts, Rachel Poli is a writer and blogger. She has an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a bachelor’s degree in English Studies. She enjoys writing young adult novels, middle-grade, and children’s picture books. She is currently working on her first novel.

20 thoughts on “Finding the Time to Write

  1. That’s a good routine to have, and routine is always a good thing. Glad to see that you’re doing well.
    Also, I agree with the whole “Don’t wait for inspiration.” quote. I’ve been doing the same things NaNo. I’m a bit behind but I’ catching up. Thankfully. I’ve learned a lot already and it’s only day 9.

    1. It’s tiring, but you have to do what you gotta do to make your dreams come true. 🙂
      I used to always wait because I would write nonsense and didn’t like it, but I don’t do that now.

      1. I feel like I’m writing nonsense now but surprisingly (and thankfully) during my breaks or when I’m working or driving etc, my mind works through what I’ve written and helps shape it into something decent. I’ve head quite lot of twists and new characters popping up.

  2. I don’t do routines very well, but I try to write the same time every day. It doesn’t always work out on the weekends. But I try to make a habit of writing something for fifteen minutes non-stop. It’s hard to do because I’m always thinking about what to say next instead of letting my mind wander. But that’s what I try to do.

  3. I don’t know how you do it, Rachel, but then I can’t imagine how I did anything when I had two kids and a career. You are young and have lots of energy, though!

  4. Nice progress! I haven’t been writing that much per day, but I certainly agree with you on the not waiting for a inspiration to get stuff done. Mostly my trouble is getting started, then once I get on a roll it turns out that panting it isn’t so bad.

    It is definitely a busy month though. I’ve got Thanksgiving (baking pumpkin pies and apple crumble in advance), family cookie making day, my dad’s birthday party (with me baking the cake), and now a funeral in another state to go to.

    1. That’s usually how it goes. Once you get started, it’s hard to stop.
      Yeah, November has been busier than usual on my end, too. I hope you have fun with all the events, but I’m sorry to hear you have a funeral. 😦

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