Making time to write

Sure, it's fast. But not much room to stretch out with your laptop.

Sure, it’s fast. But not much room to stretch out with your laptop.

Several months ago I blogged about writing and working full time, and how I thought I would have to make some sacrifices, especially if I wanted to keep my writing resolution of getting down 1,500 words per week. Well, I was right.

It quickly became obvious that large, fluffy chunks of time were not going to fall into my lap. I’m at a point in my life where there’s just not any extra time to find anymore.  So it’s not so much about finding the time, but making it instead.

While I have purchased a few video games in fits of longing, I can’t remember the last time I played one. And since I don’t watch much TV, I’ve managed to chisel out 45-60 minutes in the evening to do some writing before it’s time for bed. On the weekends, I often get a free hour here and there — it’s just unpredictable.

Is this ideal? No, not really. If I could choose any time to write, I’d go with the morning, which is the best time to tackle creative projects, according to many experts. And I think I do my best work then. But for me that’s not an option. Well, it is an option, but it would require waking up at 5 a.m. Ain’t gonna happen, y’all.

And sometimes, even when I get the time, I discover another obstacle. A few nights ago that obstacle was loud music (one disadvantage of living with a rock musician, i.e., my son). I hate telling him to turn it down more than I absolutely have to, so I pondered my options. Library? Café? Too late — both closed. Bar? Too noisy. So where did I end up writing?

In my car, parked in the driveway, which was surprisingly comfy and quiet. All that plus air bags and a high WPG: words per gallon.

 

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One Response to Making time to write

  1. This is great, Chris! It goes to show how creative and persistent we writers can be. Hats off to you for writing such superb material with such a busy schedule.

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