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How To Find The Time To Write


Creative writing takes quite a bit of time—it takes your mind—it takes your feelings—some feel like it takes your soul

I’m sure there are many potential authors—folks who could entertain or educate—people the world should listen to—who will never write because they feel they have no TIME

For those who may be on the edge of potentially becoming a writer, there are software tools that can easily help them Create the time to write—check out my post, The Best Writing Software *Ever* ?, for an amazing Time Creator :-)

There’s an article on Writer Unboxed by Jane Friedman called The Secret to Finding the Time to Write, Market, Promote, and Still Have a Life.

As usual, when I post links to important articles, I urge you to go read the full article then offer a few excerpts to encourage you to take the link.

Encouraging Excerpts :-) :

“1. Decide what you’ll stop doing—and I’m not talking about TV.

“This isn’t discussed nearly often enough. Every year, you should make a ‘stop doing’ list….

“2. Pay someone to do stuff that you don’t like or don’t need to learn….

“3. Say good-bye to guilt and obligation.

“This is the hardest thing of all, because we’re so attached to our guilt and obligation….

“4. Be good at what you do….

“5. Spend the most time on what matters most to you.” ( duh )

So, head on over to the article and read the details of Jane’s secrets.

She even has two links to supporting articles which I must share here:

My Secret for Battling Procrastination

Don’t Feel Guilty About “Playing Around” Online

Have any techniques for time management you’d like to share in the Comments?
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4 responses to “How To Find The Time To Write

  1. Jane Watson January 9, 2013 at 1:52 am

    I loved Jane Friedmans’ approach to breaking up long term goals into smaller tasks. I also loved her Weekly Goal Sheet – I am in the process of making my own:-) Some folks may also like to read this book: ‘A Writer’s Time: Making the Time to Write’, by Kenneth Atchity (but follow Friedman’s advice and don’t substitute it for writing;-) or take a look at the Pomodoro Technique – http://www.pomodorotechnique.com/

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pomodoro_Technique

    for breaking up long writing sessions into manageable steps…:-)

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  2. Alexander M Zoltai January 9, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Yes, Jane, doncha just luv it when someone doesn’t have time to write ’cause they’re readin’ ’bout how ta write?? :-)

    Seems like Pomodoro and Scrivener could get along quite well

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  3. Barbara Blackcinder January 10, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Loved her attitude about play (not procrastination, even though I consider this as ‘taking a breath’ also if not extreme), and not being guilty about it. I learned to take her advice long ago about having to ‘stop doing something’ also. Unfortunately it was visual art, but I was never very good at it anyway and hope that I’m better at writing, which I can’t ever give up one way or another.

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    • Alexander M Zoltai January 10, 2013 at 10:35 am

      Dear, Barbara — As a writer you still paint with words, right??

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