Some days are harder than others. You want to write. You have to run errands. You have to do laundry (oops, it’s still in the dryer…). You have to eat, which means you have to (okay, should) cook something that’s healthy. You (might) have a day job that you have to put 40 (or more) hours into every week. On top of that, you’ve got kids and/or partners wanting some of your time as well, or need your help because they are just as busy as you, if not more. Oh, and sleep. Don’t forget sleep.
So where do you find the time? Some days, I’m lucky to get fifteen minutes in. Other days, I can pound out 3000 words and more. I also write in weird places, like if I am leaving the gym and I order food from a place 5 minutes away? I have 20-25 minutes of waiting time that I can attempt to type on my phone a paragraph or three. And yes, typing on my phone that likes to put ‘wuthering’ instead of ‘with’ and exchange ‘you’ for ‘toy’ (no freaking clue) is ridiculous and annoying. Turning off the auto-correct is even worse. That means I’d have to type slower and still end up with the wrong letters, regardless of the correct letter popping up in a little bubble to say ‘ooh, yeah you got it’ which would end up being a bunch of gibberish I’d be unable to translate later.
On top of it, you also need to create tweets or facebook posts, covers if you do your own artwork, stop by the stock photo site you’re paying a ridiculous amount for and download some stock artwork to use in future covers. Edit, revise, and repeat. It’s a never-ending time suck. There’s always something that needs to be done, someone that needs help, a project that just can’t be put aside for another day.
If you feel like your time for writing is non-existent there are ways to fix that. When you only have fifteen or twenty minutes, type short fragment sentences of what you know is going to happen in the next few scenes. This is what I’ve taken from those books that teach you how to outline or get your word count from 2,000 to 10,000 words a day without any extra time. When you go to sit down, you’ll have all those short notes to work with. If something doesn’t jive with the writing as you go along, or a better idea sneaks in, go with it. You can always change it later – that’s why you keep multiple copies of your writing, or if using Scrivener, snapshots before you make changes.
What tips and tricks do you use to increase your output?