How do you find or make time to write?

Finding the time to write
Finding the time to write

Following on from the question last week where I talk about my day job, this is topical question. Given that I have a day job, I’m also a single Mum, and have a house to run, how do I find time to write?

I’ve found that having challenges, such as the Chapter Book Challenge,  helps me to prioritise and focus on my writing, but even then it can be a challenge. It’s during these challenges that I’m most productive.

Online tools are great, such as, helps me to write wherever I have an Internet connection. Generally I can type just over the 750 words in 20 minutes. This is perfect for writing during my lunch break at work, or a quick chapter after the kids have gone to bed.

I also carry a notebook with me most of the time. This means that if I have an idea at an odd time, or find my self waiting longer than normal at school pick up, I can still write.

There are also days when there is simply no time to write. It may be a particularly busy day and by the time the kids are in bed I’m exhausted. Those days I give myself permission not to write. I don’t even try and make up words on the next day. I know it’s just a bad day and I’ll get back to writing next time I’m able.

Finding time can be a challenge, but by being kind to myself and having tools at my fingertips, the writing still gets done.

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About Melissa

Melissa Gijsbers started writing when she was in High School during the 1990s, even winning some awards for a short story and a script. For many years, life got in the way of creative writing, however she did start blogging around 2006.

She currently lives in Melbourne, Australia with her two sons and a pet blue tongue lizard.

Melissa Gijsbers, Author, Speaker & Booklover
Melissa Gijsbers - Author, Speaker & Booklover
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