I’ve been thinking about time lately. Well — part of it is due to my work on In My Blue World, but also because I’ve been running all over the place lately, trying to squeeze in as much as I can into a short amount of time during the day. If I look at my social calendar it starts looking far too busy, but if I take it day by day, it’s a little easier to work with.
I’m also doing my best to ensure that I carve out enough time to work on my writing projects at some point during the day. As long as I get a little bit done, then I can rest easy. Right now I’m working with two mini-sessions a day: one during the afternoon break of the Day Job, and the other in the evening. I write my blog entries a few days ahead of time and schedule them. I’m also prepping ahead of time by at least having a general idea of what I’m going to write before those writing sessions start.
Carving out time to write is one of the most important things I must do as a writer, and I do whatever I can to make it happen. Even if it’s a half hour where I’m working out story issues. [I call these ‘blathering’ sessions, but what I’m really doing is voicing what might be bothering me, working out the kinks and rethinking my approach. These too are essential, because I’ll have a much clearer head for the next prose writing session.] As long as I’m going in the right direction, that’s all that matters.
Carving out time to write when the days are busy can be hard to do, but it can be done if you dedicate yourself to it. It might be getting up a half hour earlier, it might be closing down those social media browsers for a while, or it might even be longhand during your commute. Whatever works, go for it. Find an hour, write those five hundred words, and try to do it as many times a week as you can.
Because all that short work adds up to a larger finished project.