Nearly every week someone comes to me in frustration and says something like, “I need to write a book but I can never find the time.” Or, “I have a screenplay I want to write, but I just have too much to do during the day.” Honestly, in most cases, even if they had nothing else to do, most still wouldn’t actually get around to writing. But just in case “finding the time” is a real problem for you, let me offer this suggestion:
Get up and do it. Write, create, think. First thing in the morning – before you check your email, before you post on social media, and before you make any calls.
This morning, I got up at 6am, wrote an online feature story for a client, wrote two posts for my blog, and updated the copy on our company website, and it’s barely 8am. Two hours, and I knocked off three important writing projects that have been nagging at me for two weeks. I actually wrote my first two books working just from 6-8am. But if I had been up at 6am checking my email, responding to the 20-30 emails I typically have in the morning, then reading everyone’s Facebook timeline, checking Twitter, then finding funny things to post on my social media pages, it would be 11am, and I would have nothing to show for writing.
Try it. Like an addiction, email and social media pulls hard. In fact, it’s such a challenge, there are numerous software apps out there that block your email, social media, and other distractions from your computer screen. However, I can’t help but think that if you really need that kind of help, you may not be a serious writer. Because serious writers do the work.
Do the work. Be a serious writer or creator.
In fact, what should you be working on right now instead of reading this post?