In this world of constant buzz and social obligations, free time can be hard to find. It can even feel impossible, at times. Only, it’s not. You can make time.
First of all, stop feeling guilty about wanting to take the time to write. If it is something you really want to do, then you deserve to take all the time you need (within the acceptable limits, of course).
For example: Someone asks you to go out tonight. But you already made plans, made free the time you need to write. In the past, I would never have dared to say no. Partly because if I did, I would have to give a believable reason for my denial. I would have to tell that person, that I had to write. And that, was horrifying.
Nowadays though, when I have made time (or carved it), I say no to them. Because it’s important to me.
Some will be offended. Some might even get angry. That’s okay. You’re doing work that matters. Work that you are passionate about. Those people have but two choices. Accept it, or move on. You have no need to feel guilty.
Don’t get me wrong though, I’m not talking about enclosing yourself within the walls of your house, or blowing anything and everyone off. That’s a dangerous path to walk on.
You should still go out. Meet people. See places. In a way, those activities improve your writing as well. The more you see, the more you know and the more people you meet. The more diverse your writing can become.
Anything can be an inspiration. So treat your life that way. Open your eyes. And indulge in everything.
All of the above is possible. Though it requires some extra work. Scheduling. Begin keeping a pocket agenda with you. Fill it in, truthfully. Make an online agenda or the like, and keep it with a smartphone. There are lots of possibilities for writing. Even if you have a day job. For example: I always write during lunch time. Is it a bit antisocial? Yes. Does it matter? To me? No, it doesn’t. It gives me the ability to do work almost every day. No matter the planning I and obligations I could have at home. Look for these opportunities. Use every possible moment you can. Even if it’s only ten minutes. Every time, no matter how little, can be useful.
The point is that you should be able to track your own work and free time. You’ll be more prone to actually following your own schedule. And if someone asks you to do something, you can answer, truthfully, if you can or can’t make it. Without doubts, and without leaving them an opportunity to persuade you otherwise.
One of the most important things you can keep going by use of planning is momentum. In my opinion the most powerful driving force behind a writer. Plan in such a way that you never lose touch of your manuscript, or blog, or comic. Keep it in your mind. Keep it fresh. Mull it over during menial tasks and in transit. Then come to your desk fresh and prepared. That’s when the magic happens.
Assert yourself in your wanting to be a writer.
Dare to say no to those that would entice you not to.
Plan your writing in such a way that it fits your life like a glove.
Keep the momentum going, and thrive.
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