This post, by Jennifer Blanchard, originally appeared on Better Writing Habits.
Writers are always complaining they don’t have enough time to write. In fact, that’s the main complaint writers have and one of their biggest barriers to getting writing done, as well.
Finding time to write when you’re already busy as hell may seem like a huge challenge. It may even feel impossible at times. But here’s a little secret that may help put things into perspective: It’s not about finding time to write; it’s about making time to write.
Writing is a choice. Just like cooking at home instead of eating out is. Or like watching a re-run of your favorite TV show instead of doing something more productive is.
Life is all about choices. You get to choose. You get to decide how you spend your free time.
But many writers forget that writing is a choice.
They’ve been trying to find time to write for so long they forget that they don’t have to write. Writing is an option.
Making Time Vs. Finding Time
Once you’ve made the choice to be a writer; once you’ve committed yourself to the act of writing; then there’s really only one thing you can do: Make time to write.
Finding time means you’re trying to squeeze in writing between other activities. And based onhow packed your schedule is you may or may not ever actually find that time to get writing done.
But making time to write, that has a whole other connotation. Making time means you’re being proactive. It means you’re building your schedule around your desire to write, rather than building writing into your schedule.
See the difference?
Making time is based on you choosing writing. It’s based on you saying that writing is more important to you then other activities you could be pursuing in your free time. And it’s based on writing being a priority for you.
How To Make Time To Write
Making time to write isn’t as hard as it sounds. It really only requires three steps: