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A time and a place to write

Updated: Jun 18

Do you have a story inside you just dying to be born, but you can’t seem to get in front of a notepad or computer to breathe life into it? Do you have a knack for randomly coming up with catchy lines for poems or songs but never find an available moment for capturing them before they get away? You sound like someone who needs to carve out a writing routine. That’s right, you must make the time; otherwise, “one of these days” will never arrive.

Though writers get inspiration from various sources at any time of day, most agree that it helps to have a designated time to push aside everything else and just write. If your time is already in high demand from family, career, chores, and other responsibilities, then start small (e.g., 30 minutes of uninterrupted writing bliss each morning or evening). Find a time when it is easiest to silence your phone, turn off the television, ignore the internet, avoid human interruption, and focus only on crafting your masterpiece.

Unfortunately, life doesn’t have a pause button, so doorbells will still ring and dogs will still beg to be let out. Therefore, it is best to set a timer you can pause when those variables arise. Digital watches and cooking timers are perfect, but downloadable timers—many customizable for your needs—are available online at no cost. That way, you get a solid block of writing accomplished each day. Before long, you will have a habit of writing and perhaps eagerly look forward to your special creative time each day.

Another thing to consider is your writing environment. It helps to choose a place that is readily available and conducive to working without distractions. Some writers prefer a tranquil pastoral view where they can let their minds wander and the glories of nature inspire their creativity. Others realize how easy it is to sit and lazily appreciate a gorgeous day while not penning a word on the page, so they prefer seeing nothing at all. Many prefer silence without the melodies and rhythms of music drawing them out of their creative mindset. Others choose music that puts them in a certain mood as it drowns out the deafening silence. Find what works best for you and make that your regular writing haven.

Lastly, establish writing goals and write them down and/or share them with a fellow writer.Those goals can determine how much time you need to allocate to your craft.Once you learn how much you can accomplish in that set time, you can adjust your sessions depending on the need.Regardless of whether you are planning to crank out an 80,000-word novel in a month or just jot down anecdotes for a family memoir, the discipline of your writing time and place will help you reach your goal.Before you know it, you will birth that story, poem, song, skit, or screenplay into the waiting world.


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