I’m finding more and more motivation to write, but less and less time to actually be productive. How do people get this done? Often, I don’t feel like it’s worth it to write for a half hour, if that’s all the time that I have, because I barely get into anything before time runs out. I don’t have some complicated process, but I need a chance to refamiliarize myself with the characters and get back into the tone of the story before I move forward.
Does anyone else have this problem? I’ve seen lots of other writers set word counts for themselves, or set a certain amount of time to glue themselves to their laptops. But what do you do when writing isn’t your day job (but you want it to be)?
I was doing some reading on another writer’s site, one who is far more advanced in her writing career — she’s extremely successful in selling her books. She mentioned how she didn’t quit her day job until the first book was in print, the second book was done, and she had a contract in place for her third. Being more of a realist, and knowing how the publishing market has changed, I fully expect that I could end up self-publishing and be nowhere near a contract by the time I reach a third novel. I just want to get my work out there. I don’t look at self-publishing as a negative, but I don’t want to create the expectation that my book is the next NY Times best seller when I can’t even find the time to write.
I feel like I need a plan. Or a schedule. Maybe I could just plan to invade an hour that I set aside for sleep, or maybe I should bring my laptop and just write through my lunch break. I’m certainly open to some sage suggestions.
What do you do when all you want to do is write, but you have to put other things first because they pay the bills?