Writing and working full-time

There's some time to write somewhere in here. Photo by Leo Reynolds.

There’s some time to write somewhere in here. Photo by Leo Reynolds.

How do you make time to write when you work full-time? It’s a tough question. I’ve just made the transition from freelancing at home to working a full-time job with a commute, and one of my biggest concerns is how I’ll find time to write.

Novelist Patrick Carr has some great tips in this article, the most important of which is to make writing a priority. I make a list every day of things I need to do, and exercise and writing are always at the top.

Novelist John Scalzi has the same advice, but is a bit more blunt about it. I’m guessing he’s had this question a few too many times. But his point is that you just need to do it. Like Stephen King says in his great book On Writing, “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.”

When it comes down to it, if you really want to write, you have to make time for it. That might mean going out less often, or cutting back on TV, or limiting your Internet access. It also might mean asking for a little help around the house, or making appointments with yourself. I’m not quite sure what the answer is going to be for me, but I’m guessing it might mean writing more on weekends — and not as many video games.

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