I was kicking myself yesterday for not making the most of my available time, and for falling back to that age old ‘there aren’t enough hours in the day’ thing. There ARE enough hours, I’m just not making good use of them.
So, it’s time to sit down and do the math again. I’ve got to stop thinking that all my writing needs to be done in the one block because that block (Lauren’s afternoon nap) may not be as long as I might like, or might not happen until much later in the day, or any other number of things. Ten minutes here and there though – that, I can find.
If you need a little help with your finding time in your day, I encourage you to give this a go too.
First, write for ten minutes. As much as you can, don’t stop to edit, don’t stop to stress about the story, let those words flow up and out onto the page. Ideally you’d do this a few times so you know what you can average in ten minutes of writing. From past experience I know I can write 500 words.
Now that I have that figure, I can calculate how many 10 min writing blocks I need a day to meet my word goal – NaNo is around 1667 – so I need 4 blocks, it gives me a little leeway.
It’s amazing how often you can find 10 minute blocks in the day when you look for them, I mean, in the time it took me to write this blog post, I could have written 500 words on a novel or story… not that this is time wasted, but you get the general idea.
It’s sometimes really hard for me to get my head around the fact that my day is so segmented now. I used to write in longer blocks, then in shorter, then in longer again, so I know I can make this change, it’s just about switching the way I think – and if I don’t get the whole ten, then that’s fine too, it’s way better to have started and got some writing done than to have not bothered starting at all. The beauty of writing every day is that you get so in touch with your story that you don’t need any time at all to get your head in the right place, you can just sit down and begin to write.
I can do NaNo, I can make 50,000 words in a month, it’s just a matter of being smart with my time. Finding an hour to write can be a mission, finding ten minutes here and there? Well, that sounds much more achievable!