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T is for Time

This post is part of the Blogging from A to Z challenge–blogging every day in the month of April (except Sundays!) with each letter of the alphabet.

Writing is a time-consuming exercise, especially if you’re trying to make a career out of it. Producing a large volume of publishable work takes time and effort. Time is something every writer needs, free and open time away from the rest of life to pursue what they love. It’s not always easy, though.

Writers have plenty other things that want to take up their time–families, jobs, friends, chores, duties, pets, kids, the list goes on…how can you possibly squeeze writing into a full schedule? Many writers will tell you that you just do. The love of writing is a Siren’s call and you can’t ignore it. You find a way to write. You find time to write.

Some writers get up early and write before their daily duties begin. Some do it at night, before going to bed. Some do it on days off, or when the kids are at school, or on their lunch break. You simply find ways to wedge it in there. For me, writing is an essential part of who I am and I find the time among all the other aspects of my life, because I simply have to. I have the luxury of having more time than some, but probably not as much as others. You work with what you’re given–even if it means making odd hours for yourself and giving up a few indulgent things here and there. Writing is work and you have to devote part of yourself to it to make it work.

Time management can be one of the greatest gifts we give ourselves, allowing us room to write. Stealing a little time here and there can add up to big things. Making sure we commit ourselves to making those thefts is the important part.

How about you, how do you find time to write? Is it easy or hard for you?

Megan Morgan View All

Urban fantasy and paranormal romance author.

10 thoughts on “T is for Time Leave a comment

  1. Finding time to write is tricky. If I set aside a few hours to write, I might end up with writer’s block. If I don’t have time to write, inspiration might hit me anyway. Time management is a perennial problem for me.

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  2. I’m really lucky in that I only work 3 1/2 days a week so I can write for much of the week if I want to. But it still doesn’t feel like it’s enough for all that I want to say. But the words can be so contrary, with a mind of their own, almost. Sometimes they want to come tumbling out while I’m at work and I have to stick my fingers in my ears and say la la la, and then when I’m at home in front of the computer, they refuse to come out and play.

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  3. I’m one of those odd people who will sacrifice sleep. I get up early before work to do my writing. I could sleep in till 7:00 before getting ready for work, most days I wake up at 5:00. That’s dedication!!!

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  4. Time management is indeed important if you are a writer. You have to remember to fit in everyday life around writing. It is even harder for the ones who writer and work another job.

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