Time is often the big question. We all have different lives, different obligations and preferences. Sometimes, you can arrange your day around your writing, other times you have to do the contrary. What matters is – once again learning by doing – finding out what works best for you in your current circumstances.
It is one thing that isn’t always stressed out enough. Our lives evolve and so does our writing process. It can even change from a type of project to the other. Maybe you love blogging first thing in the morning but if you are working on a novel, you’d rather do that in the evening.
It isn’t so much about a free-for-all approach than listening to your soul. Due to lack of paid job in the past few years, I have had time to focus on writing, which has been a saving grace for me, so I could develop professionally regardless of lack of income. Even like that, I felt bad a few times when reading all those “how-to” guides about writing time blocks, how to establish the perfect routine. I am quite organized and enjoy routine, but I eventually found out that having a very firm approach to my writing wasn’t going to work so well.
I would recommend knowing how much you want to achieve in a given day (whether it is 500 or 5000 words, 1 book chapter or 3 blog posts). Having a (reasonable) goal can help a lot to organize how you will make the best of allotted time.
What about you?
- Do you have a favorite time of the day for creative endeavors? Are you able to make it into writing sessions?
- If not, what can you do to change that?
- If you can’t, what best alternatives can you think of? Feel free to experiment until you find/develop a good writing time.