Over the past couple of weeks, as I have been busier at my “real” job and trying to keep up with educating myself about new internet and social media marketing trends, I have found that my blog has been suffering. It began to make me wonder how I ever will be able to grow my blog, especially considering I also want to begin to take on more clients that I will also have to write for. I think that every writer has probably experienced these feelings and I am sure that some don’t overcome that feeling that it is hopeless, and even give up on their writing aspirations. The truth of the matter, though, is that you will find the time to write and the more that you need to write the more time you will find. It all begins, and ends, with you, the writer… As I sat and thought about if for a while I came up with some methods to get my but in gear and to start making more time for writing. Hopefully these ideas will help any other writer out there that just can’t seem to write as much as they want to.
Stop Telling Yourself That You’re Not a Real Writer – One of the biggest problems I have had in getting my writing career off to an amazing start is convincing myself that I am a real writer. If you write, you’re a writer… You may not be a famous writer and you may not make a lot of money doing it, or any money for that matter, but if you love to write and you actually do it then you are in fact a writer. It’s up to you to decide whether or not other people will perceive you as a writer. Once you convince yourself, you will convince other people.
Don’t Convince Yourself That You Have to Write All at Once – When you sit down to write a piece it is important to keep in mind that you do no have to finish it right then in there. As writers, we tend to convince ourselves that when it comes time to write it’s all or nothing and it doesn’t have to be that way. If you have a half hour in the morning to work on a writing project that you think will take a couple of hours, work on it anyway. Choose one part of the project process and spend a half hour on it. You could spend that time coming up with title ideas, putting together an outline, or just simply writing the introduction or conclusion of the story your working on. Writing can be broken down into individual tasks…
Determine Your Best Time to Write – Every writer is different, there is no doubt about that, and each writer differs in how they go about writing too. Some people write in the middle of the night, while others get up before the sun rises to write. You need to decide when is the best time for you. When do the best ideas float into your mind, when is your concentration at its highest level, when do the words just seem to flow out of you? Once you determine this you can work on finding more time to write during those times. You will be amazed at how much more productive you are as a writer and how much more gets written.
Read About Writing Less and Write More – I find myself constantly looking for tips on how to be a better, faster, more popular writer, when I could be spending that time actually becoming a better writer. After all, writing is the only thing that will truly help you improve your writing skills, as well as your popularity. Instead, find a few authorities on writing, subscribe to their blogs, and limit the endless search for the “golden rule” that will boost your career into high gear. There is so much information out there about writing and you only need a small fraction of it to help you improve your writing and keep you motivated.
Cut Back on Your Perceived Priorities – Finally, it is important to take a good, hard look at what you perceive to be your priorities, because the truth is, some of the things you spend time on probably are not all that important. Now I’m not talking about never going to visit your parents again or skipping your kids football game… But there are surely some things that you can cut back on that will give you the extra time to write that you never thought you could have. Adding just a little more time to your day or week can mean all the difference.
Having a 9-5 job and trying to find time to build a writing career is not an easy task, and any writer will tell you that. But if you’re serious about a writing career it is something that has to be done. These tips will help you to make the time you need so that you can get your writing career off to the “write” start…