Finding Time to Write Your Short Story

One of the major challenges when setting out to write a short story or another piece of writing is finding the time to write. So many people say that they do not have the time.

I have a big secret for you.

You have to make time!

I used to agonize for days – days! – about writing and the fact that I was not writing. I’d give guilty looks at my writing desk and then I’d clean up dust bunnies, organize papers, scrub the tub, and make a 7-course Japanese meal for six people.

I had a really clean bathroom and nothing to show in the way of writing.

Different people work different ways when it comes to writing. Maybe you work better with a set schedule of writing each day at the same time. For others, a schedule would send them over the edge. I know I can’t have a schedule or I go nuts. I would much prefer having my neighbor’s car alarm go off at 2 a.m. for several days in a row. However, a schedule works well for a lot of writers I know.

I like to aim for a word count. One year I participated in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo for short) and wrote 50,000 words during the month of November. That was about 1666.66 words per day. I wrote that much each day. (Okay,  I sometimes left off the .66.)

Some days I’d work in the morning. Other times, I’d work at night. As long as I met my word count, I was happy. It was a fantastic way to work for me, and it helped to have a group out there to whom I’d report my progress.

Select a writing schedule or a word count goal and discover which works best for you. See if choosing one of those ways helps you prioritize writing over organizing your bills and cleaning your bathroom.

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