Making Time to Write.

SnoopyThe last few weeks have brought truth to the rumours that moving house is one of the most stressful things you can do. I can’t actually remember a time where I wasn’t surrounded by packing boxes. We’ve been in the new house a week and we’ve still not got sorted out.

However, I could barely do anything until my study/writing area was set up and even that took a couple of days. Kitchen equipment, clothes – no, nothing was as important to me as my little area where I can write.

My writing time has taken a beating. My deadline for the end of August is quickly approaching and I’m nowhere near the point where it can be ready.

Before the move, I had promised myself that I would still make time to write everyday and then, as the days passed, I have been telling myself that ‘I will do some writing tomorrow.’ I am getting to really understand the importance of routine. How, making sure you sit down every day and write, even if it’s only for ten minutes can make a difference.

Apart from the fact that I’ve not written anything on my work in progress, I have missed the act of writing – of just disappearing into my characters lives for a little while.

Life can and has got in the way in recent days. It has a habit of doing that but I know now that, making time to write is important, whether it’s 100 words or 1,000.

When have you found it difficult to write? Do you have any tips for other writers? Do you think routine is important?

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I’m Laura. I started Novel Kicks in 2009. I wanted a place to post my writing as well as give other writers like me the opportunity to do the same. There is also a monthly book club, a writing room which features writing prompts, book reviews, competitions, author interviews and guest posts.

I grew up by the sea (my favourite place in the world) and I currently live in Hampshire. I am married to Chris, have a cat named Buddy and I would love to be a writer. I’m trying to write the novel I’ve talked so much about writing if only I could stop pressing delete. I’ve loved writing since creative writing classes in primary school. I have always wanted to see my teacher Miss Sayers again and thank her for the encouragement. When not trying to write the novel or writing snippets of stories on anything I can get my hands on, I love reading, dancing like a loon and singing to myself very badly. My current obsession is Once Upon a Time and I would be happy to live with magic in the enchanted forest surrounded by all those wonderful stories provided that world also included Harry Potter. I love reading chick lit. contemporary fiction and novels with mystery.

2 Responses to Making Time to Write.

  • Hi Laura,

    My only experience of this has been if I’ve concentrated too much time on my MS.

    When I did Economics at college one of the things we learned was the Law of Diminishing Returns. The lecturer explained this by this by talking about eating chocolate. The first bar, he said, will be enjoyed much more than the third. So it is with writing. I’ve found that if I plan my writing time across a large number of consecutive days then by the time I’ve reached the last one I’m actually looking at what I’m doing and either not being inspired by it, or at the worst thinking ‘How did I manage to write this for heaven’s sake?’ So for me the best writing is done by pacing it; by taking time off to do other things in between and coming back to it with a fresh look and fresh enthusiasm.

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