have a full-time career, children, family and social commitments. Where do you
find time to work on your own stories? Let’s face it, only those at the top of
the pyramid have the luxury and security of writing all day. The rest of us
have to carve out time to write after hours. Here are five ideas to help you
find a workable solution.
Become a night owl. When she was starting
out, Danielle Steel would make herself a cup of herbal tea, pin her hair up,
set herself down in front of her vintage typewriter and hammer away at her
manuscript. She’d usually start at 11pm and write in to the early hours of the
The early bird. Novelist Beryl Bainbridge
would get up at five before her children and write with her notebook balanced
on the washing machine as she did a load of laundry.
Mark the change. Crime writer Patricia
Highsmith would come home, have a bath and change into different clothes before
she settled down to write her own stories. This little ritual helped her
separate her working life with her rich creative interior world.
Set a timed challenge. Prolific writer Anthony
Trollope was also and early riser. He’d write between 5:30 and 8:30 and with
his watch in front of him. He’d require himself to write 250 words every
quarter of an hour.
- Make the most of days
off. Stephen King
famously admitted that he writes on Christmas Day. If you’re a compulsive
writer, any day off is a great time to catch up on writing. Your imagination
doesn’t know it’s a public holiday.
The lesson here
is that if you really want to finish a book or a screenplay, you will find a
way to make it happen – even if it means you go with less sleep!
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