One of the biggest pieces of writing advice I’ve heard is to schedule some time to write. Authors constantly talk about claiming and cherishing their writing time in their special spots set up just for writing. But how do you do that when you’re like me and life doesn’t allow for set schedules or a special writing nook shut off from the world?
I’m currently homeschooling a 6-year-old and a 5-year-old while also dealing with a 10-month-old. My husband works from sunup to sundown every day except Sunday, when we go to church. Needless to say, I don’t have much time to spare, and that’s before getting to all the extra activities we get involved in throughout the week.
It’s hard to set aside even a few seconds of time to sit down and write. That doesn’t mean I can’t find time to write at all. I just have to get creative with my methods.
I do most of my writing on my phone. I open up a writing app while nursing the baby or waiting on food to get done in the oven. Sometimes I manage a few paragraphs while sitting in the waiting room at the doctor’s office during the kids’ checkups. Even my blog is done almost exclusively through WordPress on my phone’s app.
Every so often, I let the kids spend some time with grandparents or cousins away from home. Scheduling time alone is necessary on occasion since not everything is possible on a phone, but I don’t stress when that time is rare because in the meantime I can still get stuff done.
This is the best way I’ve found for me to actually accomplish writing. Others may find something better for them depending on their own situations. The point is to find what works for you and do it. Finding time is hard, but it’s not impossible. If I can do it, anyone can.
In addition to short stories, Lisa Lindsey writes poetry under the name Rie Lindsey. Besides writing, she enjoys baking sweets, crocheting cozy things, and brushing up on her knowledge of the French language.