Finding Time to Write:
Don’t Despise the Bits and Pieces of Time You Have Available
By Edie Melson
I had always believed that I needed at least an hour, and preferably three, to make any progress at all with my writing.
I couldn’t have been more wrong.
The truth is, those small bits and pieces of time we all have add up to a lot. And wasting them can severely hamper our ability to meet deadlines and find success.
Over the years, I’ve learned how to use the time I have, even if it’s just ten minutes. Today I want to share the specific things I do to help increase my productivity when long stretches of writing time just aren’t possible.
Tips for Finding Time to Write
2. Do your pre-work. There are a couple of things I recommend you do before you start writing in those short bits of time. AND they can also be done in bits and pieces.
- Have a road map of where your book is going. I’ve learned that I work better from a scene map (a list of all the scenes I want to include in my book). You may not have something that detailed. But you should know what you want to write about next. After you finish a scene, before you get up, make a couple of notes about where you want to go from there.
- Have a foundation of research to build on. I take a few weeks, before I start writing, to do my research and compile my notes.