I've been griping a lot about my currently available amount of time lately. (Ask anyone who's volunteered to host me for my blog tour.)
And just to make sure that everyone understands what I'm talking about:
Since the beginning of January, I have been working full days and then some, and then spent the remainder in a place with no Internet. Which means that my usual schedule of doing my work and finishing and then going over into writing has pretty much fallen by the way-side.
I'm hoping that this will change in the near future as we fall into more of a routine. (And we no longer have to rent a place with no internet reception.) But in the meantime, I think my expected writing time has been reduced by two thirds.
No, I'm not kidding.
I'm still getting stuff done. A lot of stuff. Two weeks into February and I've written and/or edited the equivalent of almost 40k words. I probably would have been there already but for a work function that kept me up until midnight on Thursday, but anyway.
I think this rate of output, given the amount of time I've had available, is impressive enough for me to sound like I know where I'm coming from.
Because I bet there are quite a few of you who are thinking: How in the heck is she managing that?!
My answer comes down to something like this.
Just keep writing.
I mean, I could have been going into a blind panic about my entire schedule changing, but instead, I wrote. I could have complained about my lack of internet at night.
I wrote instead.
I could have worried about the fact that I have less time to get things done... But... you know... I got things done.
I'm not going to say it's easy. I've basically given up on my reading until I've 1) finished formatting Endless and 2) finished the rewrite I'm currently working on.
I've also swapped my whole writing routine around so that I can write at night and an hour every morning instead of in the late afternoon and early evening as I'm used to.
But write, I am writing. And apparently at an amazing rate.
So if you're in the same boat where you're struggling to find your usual writing time, don't give up.
If you can find five minutes every day, write for five minutes. If you can find twenty minutes, write for twenty minutes. No, it might not be the hour you believe you need, but it adds up to a whole lot more than nothing if you keep waiting for that perfect hour to show up.
And there you have it. My secret to writing a lot of words.
How much time in a day do you usually use to write? Have you ever needed to swap your routine around to fit your writing in?