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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Dead Time Management For Writers

A recent conversation at Writebulb has raised an issue - there seems to be less and less time to write with work, personal committments, self-promotion duties, etc.

Preserving time for writing is key no matter if you're blogging, tweeting, writing articles, or polishing your novel - and some people do all of this every single day!

Many people will tell you to cut Internet usage, TV surfing, and so on, but I wanted to address making the most of dead time.

It's so easy to tell yourself that starting to write in that fifteen minutes while you're waiting for a meeting to start, while you're in a queue, or while you're waiting for your kids to get out of school, but all that seemingly dead time adds up. I bet you that using that dead time would easily get you at at least one hour of writing every single day.

If you think of your writing the same way as you do your day job then you'll make it a priority. After all, you'd get laughed out of your boss's office, if not sacked, if you dared tell your boss that you didn't complete a project because you were dusting your sideboard.

So, make use of your smartphone if you're out and about - most of them have some sort of note-taking facility. I use my iPhone for quick note-taking and my iPad for sofa-bound writing (it's more portable than my laptop).

If you're a technophobe then stick to at least one notepad small enough to carry everywhere with you. (Take a tip from all those disorganised asthma sufferers who squirrel inhalers all over the place - many notepads beats none!)

Happy writing - you could have written something while you read this...

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