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Time On My Hands

This post is part of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group blog hop. The first Wednesday of every month is Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. The awesome co-hosts for the September 7 posting of the IWSG will be C. Lee McKenzie, Rachel Pattison, Elizabeth Seckman, Stephanie Faris, Lori L MacLaughlin, and Elsie Amata! 

SEPTEMBER 7th QUESTION: How do you find the time to write in your busy day?

Luckily, my life isn’t super busy at this particular point in time, but that wasn’t always the case. I’ve raised a child, worked two jobs at once, and had a hectic, non-stop life in the past. It was very hard to write then, but I always tried to fit it in here and there. Probably why it took me so many years to get anywhere with my writing!

I’m fortunate at the moment I only work a part time job with a set schedule, so I can plan for writing time much more than I could in the past. I’m also able to schedule promotional stuff and guest spots around it, weeks and even months in advance, because I know what days I have free. I don’t have many other time-hogging commitments at the moment either, as my son is an adult now and I live pretty simply to eliminate distractions. It’s a wonderful thing, but it’s definitely the first time I’ve had this sort of arrangement in my life, so I’m not taking it for granted. I’m grateful for it!

Busy or not, though, writing has always been a vital part of my life. I have to make time for it, or the pain of not doing it eats me up. I think most writers will tell you that the urge to write clears a path through even the busiest of lives and forces you to spend time with it, even if it’s just a few minutes here and there. On the opposite side of the spectrum, I have plenty of time to write and sometimes have to admonish myself for being lazy and distracted instead of taking advantage of it!

May you have ample time to write, and the motivation to do so when you get that precious time. Life is hard, but writing makes it easier. At least, that’s been my experience.

Megan Morgan View All

Paranormal and contemporary romance author.

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  1. Yeah, I’ve had those moments to write, then found myself procrastinating with other things. I am easily distracted. Glad you have a set schedule you can stick to.

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  2. I’d say writing makes life easier, but the feeling of having to write sometimes makes it harder! I have a lot of time to write now as well, but, because of the lack of stress and deadlines about it, I find myself slacking a lot and being distracted more than I ought to be! 🙂

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  3. Every minute counts, so if you only have a few minutes here and there, that’s enough. Words add up. Sentences become paragraphs.
    For some writers, writing in bursts is by necessity not choice…and can be highly productive.
    Happy IWSG Day!

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  4. So glad to hear life is treating you well, Megan. I have no excuses, but life is hectic. When my 5 sons were young, I would write at night and early in the morning. That’s why it took 7 years to write my first book. LOL. Life is good. Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  5. Writing is life. =) How nice to be in a place where you can just write. I hope to get there one day, but looking forward and knowing what’s coming, I think life will always be busy. And that’s okay. I’m one of those who needs to be “productive” mode to get anything done.

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  6. Sounds like you have come into the period of life where you can relax and enjoy and be whatever you want to be, and that is a writer.
    I am happy for you. Treasure the moment, as I’m sure you are doing.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat Garcia

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    • I feel the same way. It’s almost like KNOWING you have the time makes you procrastinate. And I tend to overestimate how much time I do have, so I convince myself I have plenty of time and can slack off first!

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