Monday, 13 June 2011

Finding time to write

Life gets really really busy sometimes.  I feel like all I do right now is wake up in the mornings, go to work, come home, and sleep.  I guess in reality it is not that bad.  When I get home from work in the afternoons I am usually very tired from a long commute in the car with terrible traffic, etc etc etc.  I know, big excuse for not writing.

I find that my one-hour lunch is not nearly enough for everything I need to do.  I need to organise my life outside work during lunch, write my blog during lunch and write my WiP during lunch.  In the mean time, I'm trying to relax enough to get on with the rest of the day.  All of it in one hour.  Not fun.

so when do I find time to write?  Since I am a newling writer, it is very tempting to think my WiP is not very important, it can wait and I will find time later on.  But I've tried that before and it never works.  If I start thinking that way, I never get around to writing my WiP again.  Even if it is a good, entruiging story.  I just let it slide.  That just sucks.

Within the next few days I will probably start taking the train to work.  It will mean almost three hours of commute a day.  The train is not the best place to try and work on a laptop, so I will need to write by hand if I am going to write on the train at all.  But it is a good time to write or read.  Yes, even reading has taken a back seat.  I'm reading Jeffrey Deaver's Carte Blanche, the new James Bond novel.  It is an awesome book, one of the best.  But I can't find time to read.  That is how busy I am.

I will need a new strategy to cope with my time-consuming life.  Maybe I should just cut down on all the junk that takes up my time.  Focus on the important things like my studies and my writing.  And my home life.  Most important of all, my home life.

How do you cope with a hectic lifestyle?  How do you make time for writing in between everything else?


  1. This sounds like a good plan, and it will be worth it. No matter what, writing should never be an added stress, so allowing yourself time that's just for writing is a great thing!

  2. I have to make writing a priority or it does not get. Alas I mostly write on the weekend because I don't have time during the week. I agree with Elena - stressing about writing takes the joy out of it.