This morning I woke up at the crack of dawn… or so it seemed to me, at least. It was 5:10 am when I heard my alarm clock. I snuggled deeper into my bed thinking, Do I really have to get out of bed at this time and when it’s so cold out? Because, it’s actually winter here in Australia. No, there isn’t snow – but it gets really cold. Nothing I was used to in Minnesota, but definitely cold for here!!! Soon I curled the blankets back and put my robe on. The thought of tea called my name as I went to fill the kettle. After showering and getting dressed I checked up on some last minute things, while downing my tea before I left for the bus stop. The bus stop is very close to my flat, which has been nice. I got on board the bus and sat while watching the morning activity around me. Countless people were wrapped in heavy sweaters and scarves while reading books or texting people. The bus continued on it’s way to pick people up at bus stops coming up. The morning buzz was evident once I got off the bus in the city and made my way to the train station. The morning life hadn’t seemed to awaken in the train station just yet. There were a few professionally dressed people, and a few sleepy looking college-aged students in jeans and hoodies standing around me (Just so you know, I wasn’t one of the sleepy heads… I had my tea! :P LOL!)
Air started circulating near the platform as the train came to a halt. Getting on the train, I found a comfortable spot and the train took off. Once out of the city the train went through the Australian country side areas, where the gum trees and beautiful greens were growing. The sun radiated off the “Word” etched windows as people around me could be seen listening to their ipods, reading books, and a seldom few were sleeping. The combination of the public transport system and working made me think about ‘making time for writing’!!
Today I want to write about making time for writing, if you are a writer – you must make time for it. Because it’s what you do.
Writer’s need to write, otherwise they are not writers.
There are a few excuses that writers give when they don’t want to write. Believe me! I have used them before.
1. I have writer’s block – I think this is more of a combination of I don’t know what to write, I don’t want to write, and my characters are not speaking to me.
2. I am too busy and don’t have enough time
First we will cover #1. –
Whether one of those excuses sound familiar or not… this rule that I am going to share with you is NUMBER ONE… “Who Cares!? Show Up!”
I don’t want to write, because I am bored -If you are bored, you need to figure out what the problem is. You need to revisit your characters and make sure they are still alive and breathing.
I don’t know what to write and my characters are not speaking – Just start by free-writing. And what I mean by that is find a comfy spot with a notebook (YES, try something new – If your normal writing tool is the computer or the Ipad… use pen and paper. Grab a nice journal book and a comfortable pen that you can write with. First start writing about what you are thinking about, and if you ‘normally’ are working on a big project then you may also explore ideas about it as well. Aim to write 3 pages a day (dare yourself 3 pages… you may find yourself writing more than 3.)
# 2. –
I am too busy and don’t have enough time – With this one it is important that you make sure to have a little time everyday that you can write. If you are an extremely busy person, try get up an hour earlier to write. Make sacrifices for what you love. If you are a writer then make time for it.
I just thought of this last minute… but, If you have a smartphone… You can type on a notes app at any time and anywhere (just don’t do it while driving!)
“How BAD do YOU WANT IT?” – Ted Dekker Concerning Writing.
I have recently given myself a plan… on the days that I work I will make sure to give my time on public transport to my writing. I have a pen and my moleskin notebook in my bag ready for ideas. Another good thing I love is my Iphone! I am sure many of you who have an Iphone also agree with me.
Must have writing apps (a few of my favorites!)
- Notes (the notes app that comes on the Iphone)
- Total Recall (which is an awesome mind mapping tool that I recently found)
- Voice Memos (in case you are walking or driving and can’t write – speak your story. Tell the recorder your story and then write it when you get a few minutes to write.
Make yourself a SMART goal (Have a goal!)
- S – Specific Goal? “What is it that you want?”
- M – Measurable? “How will you know when you have reached that goal?”
- A – Attainable? “Is this attainable?”
- R – Relevant? “Does this have relevance toward your goal? To your life?”
- T – Timeline? “You must have a timeline to reach your goal!”
What kind of things do you do to make time for your writing? Are there any things that help you with writer’s block, or hearing from your characters? How about when you don’t feel like writing?