Overcoming Being too Busy to Write

18 Jul

Many writers are in the midst of a life crisis, such as unemployment (one would think that unemployed folks have all the time in the world–they don’t), family illness, divorce or moving to a new home.

Other writers are not in the midst of a life challenging drama, but  work full time during the day and come home, tired, exhausted or burned out–plus they have a spouse and/or children to contend with. I found a refreshing excerpt from http://www.writers digest.com Writing At Night: The Top 10 Challenges Writers Experience & How to Overcome Them from author Aine Greaney.

What are your tips for staying on track?

Writer with a Day Job

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8 Responses to “Overcoming Being too Busy to Write”

  1. hannahkarena July 18, 2012 at 8:54 am #

    I have an Excel sheet writing schedule. If anyone–myself included–tries to interrupt the schedule, they have the colorful organizational sheet thrust in their face for further examination until they understand that it is neither the time nor the place for other activities.

  2. jamieayres July 18, 2012 at 4:21 pm #

    I don’t have any tips for staying on track . . . life is busy so I don’t have a set schedule. I just make sure I write for 2 hrs every day . . . not blog, not research, ect . . . but actually words on paper. A lot of that means staying up until 3a.m. but that’s the sacrifice you make if you want it bad enough!

  3. Kirsten July 18, 2012 at 7:19 pm #

    This couldn’t have come at a better time. I’m juggling quite a few projects right now, and have to figure out a way to prioritize.
    Thanks for the link!

    • never2late2write July 22, 2012 at 6:11 am #

      You’re welcome Kirsten. I can only imagine how busy you are. :O

  4. C. A. Husted July 21, 2012 at 11:13 am #

    Since I began writing many years ago, it’s always been easiest to write during the night while the rest of the world appears to be sleeping. During the day, especially the morning hours, it’s easy to get distracted by the sounds coming from birds as well as passing cars. Just the hustle and bustle that comes with the rising of the sun, the hum of the day, is enough to distract. The night, offering its darkness and near silence, allows one to drift into thought more easily. As for the chores and duties that must be done; a writer will find the time, no matter when nor where.

    • never2late2write July 22, 2012 at 6:10 am #

      I agree. You really have to make time to write, just as you do with eating for nourishment or getting some sleep.

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