Alex J. Cavanaugh, but which now has a permanent home at the IWSG site. The idea is to provide authors with an avenue to share their doubts and concerns, and to offer one another assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!
Every first Wednesday of the month we gather to connect with one another and share our insecurities.
My post this month is about time and time management. When it comes time to write, I am almost as good at making excuses as I am at procrastinating. I like to tell myself the 45 minutes I have before my little guy wakes up from his nap isn't enough time to really get anything done. I have this conviction, deep in the back of my skull, that I need at least 2-3 hours of uninterrupted writing time to really get settled, fall into the flow of the story, and disconnect from the world around me.
Now, in my defense, that is partially true - the longer I have to write, the more comfortable I am . . . and the more comfortable I am, the better I think my writing is. However, as a father and a husband with a full-time day job, I may as well just give up writing altogether if I'm going to wait for time like that.
Even with the time, however, my time management still sucks. I find I'm more likely to reach for my phone before I am the stack of paper. You know how it is. You just want to do a quick check of email, then Facebook, then Twitter, and then the news . . . by which time you had better check email again. That doesn't even begin to touch on the time I need to keep my blog up to date, to get that next review written, or to prep that interview or guest post for tomorrow.
Now, I am getting better, particularly with a hard deadline before me, but it's still a struggle to sort of retrain myself to seize the moment, to cram my writing and editing into the time available, as opposed to longing for the time I simply don't have.
How about you? What's your trick to time management when it comes to writing? Is it a rigid schedule from which you never allow yourself to deviate, or is it an ability to squeeze every second out of the day? Please share below.