Making Time to Write


Welcome back, loyal listeners! This week Edie Melson  joins us as we take a look at how to make time to write in your busy schedule. As always, you can listen and watch below. Show notes are below the YouTube plugin. Don’t forget to subscribe and to tell your friends. Comments and reviews are always welcomed. Show notes are below the YouTube embed. Also, if you’d like to read more ways to make time to write, check out Edie Melson’s post about it here.




Making Time to Write

  • First Lines Friday’s” winner: Lori Roeleveld. Again. “The sky promised rain all day but withheld it and doesn’t that just figure; like God colluded with all He created to carry out His pettifogging plan to deny Wiley Patchett everything he wanted in life, even the common blessing of a solid rain that might have slowed the wildfires before they consumed the derelict cabin he called home.”
  • Publishing term of the week: “Author discount”
  • Making Time to Write
    • No one “finds time.” They must MAKE it.
      • Commit to writing. Prioritize it.
      • Run away–to a Starbucks.
      • Create a group of supporters, those who can help hold you accountable?
        • Choose wisely. Don’t pick writing buddies who will encourage you to find excuses not to write.
        • Notify your family of your plans.
        • Bring them in as your cheerleaders. Build in family rewards when you reach a goal.
      • Wake up early.
      • Go to bed late.
      • Experiment to find when you’re most productive.
      • Maximize your free moments.
        • End in the middle of a scene so you can pick up where you left off.
        • Use morning commute time to plan what your next scene will be.
        • Leave yourself notes giving directions of what to write the next day.
        • Jot notes wherever you are. [The first writer I (Al) ever met. Have notepad will travel.]
      • Tell people “no.”
        • Remember, when you’re writing you’re working. Others may not understand this.
        • Schedule your writing time. “Sorry, I’d love to get together, but I have something scheduled for that time.”
        • Jack Cavanaugh made it as a writer because he was dedicated to the task and willing to go for years without a social life.
      • Differentiate between “have to” and “want to”
      • Reward yourself (carrot on the string)
      • Limit distractions by unplugging [Another Jerry Jenkins story.]
        • e-mail
        • news
        • television
        • phone
        • Manage your time bycompartmentalizing
          • This will help you to think about paying the bills when it’s time to pay them, not while you’re writing, etc.
      • Set realistic goals. Attainable goals.
      • Don’t let writer’s block stop you. Be willing to write through the junk to get to the jewels.
      • Everyday is a new start. Push your mental reset button when you crawl into bed.

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