Time Management

Time Management

I have struggled the last few weeks to get any writing done. I have found myself crawling into bed at the end of the day, without turning my computer on or picking up a pen. This is no way to get my novel finished! So I asked myself, how can I manage my time better?

It used to be that on a Sunday evening I would sit down and plan out my week, almost to the hour. When I was at work, when I would exercise, when I would write, complete housework, shop, cook, catch up with friends etc. When I left nursing for 12 months of maternity leave, I thought “Great, now I will have more time for writing”. Ha Ha! What was I thinking?

It is hard to fit in everything with a little person to look after as well. House work, exercise, personal hygiene, shopping, walking the dog etc…..So how do I plan my time? How do I prioritise?

This time, instead of planning what times I will do everything, I set myself a writing task to complete each day. Be that as much as a whole chapter, or as small as one scene, planning a blog or my next writing project, or any other writing task. I set completion dates for each task and project so that I have to work to a deadline, which helps to keep me motivated and moving forward.

The important thing for me is whenever I get some spare time during the day I write. I also set aside an hour each night where I can dedicate my time and energy to bashing out some words without all the distractions of motherhood, day job and chores. I may not get as much done as I used to, but I am still working at something I love and gradually turning it into a career.

Lies About Becoming A Writer.

Lies About Becoming A Writer

I just read an interesting article “7 Lies About Becoming A Writer (that you probably believe)” by Joe Bunting.

He addresses 7 common myths about becoming a writer that we too often believe we need to follow in order to be successful or about how big that success will be. I have no delusions about how tough the journey is to becoming a recognised and published writer, and maintaining that success. However, this article drives the point home. Publishing my first novel isn’t about a get-rich-quick scheme, or a step to living a life of luxury. To me it is about personal accomplishment and pride. I have always dreamt of being an author, and I will achieve it!

I would also add another common belief to his list of 7 lies. Creativity and talent. (Yes I know, technically that is two additions)! Whilst having some creativity and a talent for writing helps, I don’t believe it is essential. If you have what you think is a solid idea, then start writing! There are so many sites out there that can help you plot and plan your idea. Or you can always hire someone to aid in fleshing out your idea and making it work. I have never thought of myself as a creative person, yet here I am making a career (or attempting to) out of writing. It is not about talent, creativity or inspiration. It is simply about a lot of hard work, dedication and commitment.

“Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.” – Stephen King