Don’t Find Time to Write, Make Time

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Finding time to write is a big issue for all writers, including myself. It’s downright frustrating when free time doesn’t match up with one’s creative impulse.

Recently a Fresh Pond Writer asked me for some advice on finding time. I’ll tell you what I told her: It’s all in your head. I don’t mean to sound condescending. What I mean is that you have to decide to do or not do. There is no try, as Yoda says. It’s the difference between looking for time to write and making time to write. It’s about prioritizing.

If you need inspiration to prioritize, read this essay by Aimee Bender about setting aside a writing space.

Read “Ron Carlson Writes a Story.” by Ron Carlson. This book shifted my perspective. It changed my writing behavior completely.
I’ve also written some blogs on this topic, if you want to read them for some inspiration.
In the end, it all boils down to creating a time and space and sticking to it. Start out with an easy schedule so that you don’t get frustrated and then build on it.
Credit: Paul Cross/Flickr Creative Commons
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3 thoughts on “Don’t Find Time to Write, Make Time

  1. Nice to see you online, Tracy. There have been a couple of people who weren’t right for our writers group up this way. In each case I linked them to the Fresh Pond group. Did any of them get in touch? And yes, I am not finding as much writing time as I want these days. The end of the school year is always busy for me. But I have made what I think is a solid beginning on my next novel. How are things with you? Josh

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    • Hi Josh. Not sure if anyone from your group contacted me. I’ve had a couple of people email me but they didn’t mention your group. Glad you’re diving into your next novel! All is good here. Still quite busy and looking forward to summer. Have also turned to my energies to some non-fiction journalistic endeavors for a bit. Cheers!

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