C Mead final logoI have a bad habit of putting things off.  Until the last minute, and you know what?  Sometimes that last minute doesn’t come.  But sometimes it does, and passes and I’ve missed my opportunity.

But this week, I have been making an effort and found time to write at least a thousand words on my Taniwha story, which I am absolutely thrilled about, because I struggled with it, wrestled with it for weeks.  I was kind of stuck wondering where the scene I was on, was going to go, but I didn’t need to.

I am a methodical writer.  I like to have a plan, start at the beginning, work my way through the middle and come to a satisfying end.  This story is different.  I have written the beginning, missed some, done some of the middle, and missed some, and now I am writing the ending.

This piecemeal way of writing doesn’t sit easily with me, so that is why I have been struggling with it, and I have managed to struggle to find time to write, because I have been too busy AVOIDING writing.

Bangs Head on Desk by Tolan88 @ deviantart
Bangs Head on Desk by Tolan88 @ deviantart

And I didn’t need to.  Because on Wednesday I decided I needed to write a thousand words.  And I did the same on Thursday and Friday, so in all, I have over 3000 words added this week.  Which is 3000 words closer to finishing the story.

So instead of avoiding writing, I am making time, even if it is only half an hour, to write.  Because if I don’t, then I won’t write.

How do you make time to write?

Finding Time
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  • July 14, 2014 at 9:08 am

    It can be really hard. I tell myself ‘just ten minutes’ and work from there. Some days, writing is the last thing on my mind because I am all tied up in academic writing, but most of the time all it takes to remind myself that I NEED this, is to sit down, fight the resistance, and get some words on the page.


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