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    How do you squeeze in writing when you have a lot of work to do?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Link the Writer, Mar 24, 2012.

    Okay, so basically I have to start my 10-paged research paper on the Ottoman Empire, as well as start working on an essay about Michael Collins. At the same time, however, I would like to write my stories.

    Question: How do writers with a lot of work squeeze in creative writing in the middle of what they have to do?
     
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    You have to set your priorities and manage your time.
     
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    Like Cogito said, prioritize.

    Unfortunately, life gives us other things to do. Since I'm not a published author, making money off of it, writing occasionally gets pushed to the middle or bottom of the list of things that need to get done. Do your papers and then write, or make up a schedule on what you'll be working with and stick to it, as long as the school work gets done.
     
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    ^This.

    You have to treat it simply as another thing you have to get done.

    So I may know on a given day I have to go to work, take my daughter somewhere when I get home, get back and make dinner or help with some homework.
    I'll add "write for half an hour" (or whatever time period ) to the end of the list. It's simply another thing I need to get done that day.

    Don't make it optional.
     
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    Try scheduling 30 minutes a day or one hour a day. Just stick to the schedule.
     
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    Yeah, exactly what everyone else is saying :). You have to decide on a certain time to do it :)
     
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    I, personally, carry around notebooks so that whenever I do have any kind of free time or something hits me I can quickly note it down. For me writing is a really good way to unwind at the end of the day :)
     
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    You have to make time. Sometimes I get up at 4am to do it before the day starts at around 8am.
     
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    well, don't be too hard on yourself, maybe three writing assignments at the same time is just a little too much, and if you're also working that might be quite a lot I think. I agree with what the others have said too, just be realistic. I don't know what your schedule is like, but if you feel it's impossible to find time it might even be true. You have to prioritize, really, and decide which things are most important to you and how you prefer to use the time you have.
     
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    Homework first, THEN write away for fun. :) Like others have said, prioritize.
     
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    It has to do with priorities and discipline. I set a sentence, word count, or time limit for myself (depending on my work load.) For instance, if I set a time limit of 1 hour, I have to find a way to squeeze in 1 hour of writing before I start my work... no matter how busy I am. However, I'm more likely to set word count or sentence limits. I've found that a three paragraph limit is the most effective method for me. If I write those three paragraphs with time to spare, I'll write a little extra. (Unless I absolutely can't.)
     
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    This is what I do too. And the funny thing is that ideas for my stories hit me when I have tight schedules as oppose to sitting on a desk and waiting for the ideas!
     
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    Yep, silly brain. I carry my notebooks around with me, but those ideas are coming when it's not a good time to even pull out a pen much less a notebook.
     
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    I find the time limit method works for me. Set a timer for 15-20 minutes, and type as fast as you can. It's kind of like a sprint. The time limit may actually increase your productivity, so you get just as much writing done as you would normally in twice the time.

    Do 15 minutes a day, and you've done almost 2 hours a week. Two hours you might not have done otherwise...
     
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    i don't deal in schedules or fixed routines... when i have something of my own to write, i just take a break from my clients' and mentees' work and do my own for a while...

    'a while' can be an hour or two, or a day... it all depends on how much other work i have pending and when i've promised turnarounds for the clients [mentees know they never have to wait more than a day or two, in any event, and since they're being helped for free, don't mind an occasional delay]...
     

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