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All of us have busy lives. Full-time jobs, family, and school are some common ones, but there are many more. How can we find the time to write when we have so much going on in our lives?
Track How You Spend Your Time
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The first step is to track how you spend your time. Take a week to record every activity you do during the day and the approximate time of day you do them.
For example, mine would look something like this:
- 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Wake Up/Morning Routine/Breakfast
- 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Social Media
- 10:00 a.m. – 11 a.m. Writing Time
- 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Homework for School
- 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
- 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Writing Time/Reading/Appointments
- 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Social Media/Free Time
- 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Cook/Family Dinner/Wash Dishes
- 6:00 p.m. -7:30 p.m. Meetings for Groups
- 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Wind Down/Bedtime Routine/Reading
- 9:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Try to Fall Asleep
This works for me because I need plenty of time to fall asleep because of my insomnia. I don’t have many responsibilities, either. Yours may look different.
You may ask why I am qualified to help you find time to write if I have no responsibilities. I’ve worked, gone to school, and finished the first draft of a novel at the same time.
This exercise is about tracking how you spend your time. Don’t judge what you are doing. Just record what you do and when.
Find Potential Writing Time
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Now that you have a week’s worth of records, the next step is [Read More]
As an avid reader of romance, I have read numerous novels where the hero and heroine fall in love for no reason. It simply serves the plot. This is not what we want as readers. We want characters that fall in love because they are meant for each other. They have to be perfectly matched and have complementary traits. For most writers, this is hard to achieve. However, the solution to this problem is simple.
Character Creation is Key
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If you don’t spend time getting to know your characters before you start writing, it is a lot harder to achieve the kind of relationship readers want. Writing before you know your characters requires a lot of editing to get their relationship to where it needs to be.
Trying to fit characters to a plot has the same hindering effect. The choices characters make in a given situation are because of their personalities. It is a lot harder to fit a character’s personality to actions instead of figuring out what a character would do based on who they are.
Build One Character at a Time
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By focusing on one character at a time, you are better able to [Read More]