The amount of time we spend writing is essential if we yearn to be writers. How much is enough?
There’s no hard and fast rule but it makes sense to treat it like everyone else treats their career ambitions.
But how can we devote 40 hours a week to writing when we already have a full time job?
Ask yourself this question another way: How do parents find the time to properly raise their children when they work full time? We could ask the same question of any artist, musician, or college student.
We all have responsibilities to tend to.
You are not alone.
What all the parents, artists, musicians, college students, and aspiring writers have in common is a desire to do something big with their lives which transcends their day jobs.
So they find a way.
They sacrifice television, video games, and sleep. I work 55+ hours a week as an accountant, so here is what has helped me:
1. I often write snippets of stories, poems, and blog posts on my smart phone during lunch.
2. I take two 10-minute breaks a day. I use this time to interact on social media.
3. Being a writer means being a reader, so I let my E-reader read aloud to me during my commute.
4. I have a few favorite TV shows, so I watch only those shows. TV sucks up time that I should spend writing.
5. Being organized helps with time management. I make grocery lists. I ensure that I spend minimal time on nonessential things (I can speed wash dishes!).
6. I fill the vessel. This means getting enough sleep, eating right, and reading inspirational works.
Writers are deep thinkers, so let yourself relax and daydream. It’s a good thing. Anxiety and stress can get in the way. Take care of your problems and love the people in your life…yes, you want to write but you have to take care of yourself and relish the time you have with your loved ones, too.
What has worked for you? Please comment below.
Keep writing and keep sharing! Cronin Detzz