How to Write When You Have No Time to Actually Write

How to Write When You Have No Time to Actually Write

A blog by Green_Jordané



The worst thing you write is better than the best thing you didn’t write...’



It's no secret that every single one of us has a pretty busy life. I know I do. If you're reading this, you're already taking time away from your writing, and you probably didn't even know it! Or maybe you did, in which case you're quite savvy and I am virtually giving you a high five.


Because our lives are so busy, our ideas are squashed, ignored, and crunched into pieces of paper to be thrown into the trash. We do the best thing in the world, better than scrolling through Instagram, tweeting and retweeting, and liking on Facebook. We, as writers, expose ourselves. When I run out of time to write, I am trapped.


So what is there to do about it?


1. On the bus? Use your phone.


Or notepad. Whatever you can get your hands on. I'm in year 12 and have NO time for writing my novels, so each day that I catch the bus, I put my headphones in and get typing away on my Notes. I've written 12,000 words this year just from this one 10 minute trip! I know we hear/see/read it all the time, but it is completely correct: write a little bit everyday!


2. Out for dinner? Listen.


You're waiting for your meal, which we all know is the worst. Get out that notepad again! I find public places inspiring to write in - you're surrounded by so many people that have no idea what is going on in your head.


3. You're at school/work, sitting at your desk. Sticky notes.


I'm often sitting in a class, finding myself thinking of more exciting things than, say, the Periodic Table. Got an idea? No, don't forget about it! Write that single word/sentence down!


4. Most of us have a bit of time. Allocate it well.


I don't mean you have to write from 2-3pm every Tuesday, because who is going to be inspired by that? But any day you have half an hour of free time, spend it writing. It will help clear your mind. If you’re anything like me, it will also get rid of those freaky dreams involving fictional creatures ;)


5. When in doubt, just keep talking.


As a year 12, I’m super exhausted all the time, so I feel close to no excitement at the thought of writing. What do I do? I talk about it. Talking about our writing, why we do it, how it makes us feel, and what we plan to do with it actually motivates us to keep going. Having talked about my favourite hobby and seen the shocked/surprised/disgusted/curious reactions has made me realize that while Movellas is a large community, young writers are actually rare. Don’t let our species become extinct.


Telling people about your writing also means you’re for real. You can’t shy away from the fact that you’re a writer.


6. My friend, you need sleep.


Whether you’re living in the real world or the world of your story (which, by the way, I still think is very real - often better than this one!), our brains will not be able to function without sleep. Even if you’re on a roll, quickly summarize and close the laptop/notepad. Trust me, this alone will make you want to write more.

7. Be a co-author.


This is slightly controversial because some writers adore writing with others, while some hate the idea of moulding their style to someone else’s or simply having only half of the control over a story. HOWEVER, co-authoring means you won’t have responsibility over writing all the time and, when you do get to have your say, you want to do it as quickly as possible for the other person. See? Saving time.


8. Stop thinking. Start blogging.

This is a proven technique... by me. Trust me you can never go wrong. I write every week, sometimes twice a week. I write about me, my life, my thoughts and everything else that pops into mind. If you’re not confident yet, don’t show/tell anyone. Don’t want to be responsible for an entire blog? Mumble-it!



How do you write when you have absolutely NO time?


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