There are many myths when it comes to writing and finding the time to write. Most people believe them and think that you can only write, or have a job, but not both. It may not be easy but it’s certainly possible, and some of the most famous authors started off this way. As an example, Steven King, a world famous prolific author had to write while he was grading schoolwork. He could have easily complained that there wasn’t time, or he could have written some of the greatest books of our modern world. Which one will you choose?
The truth is, there is plenty of time to write while being at a day job. Lewis Carroll, the famous author of Alice In Wonderland was a teacher at Christ Church his whole life. Other authors like Philip Larkin, T.S. Eliot, Virginia Woolf and many other authors also managed to keep a day job while writing.
It’s time to stop believing your own lies, and they are usually the hardest to stop believing. You can certainly write a bestselling book while holding down a day job just like many other authors before you.
Having a day job is not stopping you from writing, and it’s even providing you a source of inspiration. At your day job your mind can wander or you can learn a lot from the task at hand. Your creativity and imagination can feed from the real life scenarios of your day job, and provide content for your writing.
Here are 3 steps that you can take to immediately find time to keep writing.
Step 1: Create a Schedule
Steven king says you should write 1000 words a day to start with, and have a set time to do it. Preferably first thing in the morning, however if that’s not possible you can squeeze it in whenever. If you can touch type then 1000 words can take you 20 minutes, which you certainly have. You probably waste a lot more time than 20 minutes in your day, doing benign and pointless things, so you definitely have the time.
Repeat the same action daily and it will eventually be ingrained into your habits just like brushing your teeth or having breakfast. Set a time slots before you go to work preferably, and every day without fail, turn up to write.
Step 2: Cut Down
There are plenty of things you do in your day, hobbies, TV, excessive social media or emailing, or going for a beer with your colleagues. There is something you are doing in your life, which takes an hour or more a day that you will need to sacrifice for your writing. Yes it’s a very hard choice but think about what you truly want. When you focus on what you deserve and you honestly deserve to be writing, and then cut down on something else to make time for it.
Step 3: Your Cave
Every writer needs a cave. Find your sweet spot where you can write for a certain amount of time without any distractions. The best time is in the morning when everyone is asleep or late at night. Your cave may be the kitchen, your bedroom, or a space in a local coffee shop. Wherever it is you must be able to close the door, shut out distractions and write.
If you follow these three steps you will find you have more time to write, you are more focused on writing every day and you have a place to write comfortably. When you start dong this, life will find a way to fit with the new schedule and everything will quickly go back to normal. Only this time, normal includes you writing every day and producing books packed with your insights.
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