5 Times You Can Sneak Writing In
Today we have a video that includes a vlog which you can watch here. (It can also work as a podcast; that’s how I filmed it, haha.)
When you’re super busy, it can be hard to find time to write! I know as a recent high school grad with a part-time job, lots of volunteer work, and some non-writing hobbies, it can be hard to budget my sit-down-stare-at-the-cursor-blinking minutes in.
But sometimes I just need to think outside of the box! So here are 5 Times You Can Sneak Writing In.
#1: Early in the morning.
If you’re an early bird, this may be something you’re doing already, but getting up before the sun cracks the sky and the rooster crows is one way to get some extra words in.
Set your alarm for super early and creep over to your laptop before the kids are up, the dog wants out, or your day job calls (or all of the above)!
#2: Late at Night
I’m a night owl, so this is especially practical for me. I stay up until all hours to pound out those extra words!
So dose up on caffeine and pick a couple nights a week when you don’t mind not being aware of life all of the next day, because we’re drafting!
#3: In the Car
Unless you get super carsick, this is one option for you! I’ll always bring a notebook or my Kindle or something to write on wherever I go, and oftentimes I’ll sneak a few words in during a road trip.
Also, be sure you have some way of writing on your phone! This simplifies things as you have your phone with you almost everywhere. If you must resort to texting your story to yourself bit by bit, do it.
Note: please don’t write if you are the one driving your car. Unless you’re narrating into a recording device, of course. 😉
#4: Waiting in line, waiting for appointments, waiting, waiting …
Again, bring along a notebook or your phone (Kindle in my case) and sneak a few words in while you’re waiting to be checked out at that ridiculously packed grocery store or to see that ridiculously busy doctor*.
Also, it’s been proven by Disney that DMVs are ridiculously slow, so be sure to bring a notebook if you ever visit the DMV, too.
*Let’s be real; #1 reason I’ve never had a doctor’s appointment. 😉
#5: In between everything else.
If this is possible, tell yourself to do one thing for twenty minutes then write for five. And MAKE those five minutes be a thing!
One example of this is twenty cleaning, five editing. Set a timer and do it!
In addition, don’t be guilty if your season of life doesn’t allow writing!
Maybe you’re a mom with littles who need all your attention or a college student who needs to keep her grades up.
Maybe your other career is at a point where it needs your full attention.
Or maybe you just need to focus on other things for a time, give yourself a writing break.
If you must give up writing for a bit for whatever reason, you can come back to it. Sometimes life just doesn’t leave time for writers, especially if it’s not at the place of a career for you.
However, if you don’t want to stop but feel that you are too busy to write at this present time, any of those 5 tips could work for you! Give them a try.
Watch & Listen!
And there you have it! I hope you enjoyed the post or vlog (whichever you watched). Let me know what you thought in the comments!
Do you struggle with writing during the busy times? Have you ever taken a writing break? (I plan to take one when I’m 25 … maybe …) What are your thoughts on my weird text video/voiceover thing? I’m learning some new tech, so I used this as a guinea pig. 😉 My apologies!