Monday, October 5, 2009

When You Don't Have Time To Write

There are few things in life that can drive a writer more crazy than not having enough time in the day to write.

Actually, I can think of only three things that bother me more:

1) Mistaking baking powder and baking soda
2) Missing a flight
3) Talking to someone who hasn't brushed their teeth in a while.

But, it will happen. Inevitably. You'll get sick, move or end up spending three hours at the grocery store longing pushing the cart past the Oreos (guess what I did today?).

So what do you do when inspiration strikes at the least opportune moment?

First, write it down. I don't care if it's on the back of the receipt for those Oreos, but write down something that will jog your memory enough to remember your grand idea.

Second, don't put it off. As soon as life settles down for you, get to work! Roll up your sleeves and start plotting.

Third, don't forget about the off-time you've got. Chances are you do one of the following at least once a day: Shower, brush your teeth, get dressed, drive somewhere, clean something, make dinner... (and if you don't do any of these, refer to my #3 at the top of this post). Take advantage of the time when your brain isn't really being used. Flesh out characters while you take a shower in the morning. Brainstorm about locations for your next blockbuster novel while you're driving.

My most important piece of advice when it comes to making time to write?

Don't forget your priorities.

If the thing getting between you and your writing is God, family or friends, forget the writing. Put the pencil down, step away from the keyboard, pull your eyes off the glowing screen and focus on what is really important. Writing is a hobby (or maybe a job), but family and friends are a gift. And the Giver of all of this is God.

And now, I'm going to take this to heart and go spend time with my husband who just got home.

Have a great Monday!

Erynn :)


  1. Great thoughts and encouragement, Erynn! I plotted an entire novel on a napkins at El Chicos one night, spoon feeding my baby with my free hand! lol It CAN be done!

    Did you get the Oreos? =)

  2. Great, practical advice. Thanks, Erynn!

  3. Oh come on - you need those Oreos!

  4. Mmmm, oreos and good advice. Me loves it.

  5. Sigh. I did not get the Oreos. I kept hearing this nagging voice in the back of my head telling me I hadn't worked out in a month. But I did look longingly at them. I might end up going back for a tearful reunion today.