Today is the day! A chance for writers everywhere to shout out their fears, worries, conundrums, etc to the world--and hope someone shouts back.
There are some times prompts for this wonderful day, no one has to use them, but they can come in very handy. Like today ;).
So, today I will be talking about time to write- it is made or found?
First off, I have a full time day job. Most writers, unless they have a spouse with lots of money, have a day job. That means 40 + hours are just sucked out of my week faster than a really thirsty drunken faery working on her first bottle.
Then you have sleep, food, hygiene, etc, and you don't have a lot of time left.
So, I make time. Waiting for it won't work.
I get up at 5am so I can get words in before the day job (I aim for between 500 and 800). Then after the day job, I aim to get the rest of my 1600 word goal for the fourth fantasy book.
Recently, I started adding on 500 a day for the new space opera after dinner.
I limit my TV time to ideally only an hour, and I'm getting up at freaking 5 am.
But it is so worth it.
I don't do this everyday, these are goals to follow and strive for, not to control my life. But I know when I hit them, even just getting some words in, I feel better.
I've never had anyone tell me, "I wish I had time to write a book". But I'm waiting. So many friends and other writers in groups have told of these people who think we write just because we have nothing else to do. I have been practicing my look of derision and scorn for when that question happens.
No, we write because we make time to do it.