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Writing Roadblocks: Busy Schedules

This has been a busy few weeks for me. Not only is California on fire (and sharing her smoke with us over here in Nevada–hey California! Thanks for that!), but the Partner in Crime and I just bought a new house! We close on the ninth, and until then we are so busy it’s ridiculous.

Last weekend, obviously, we were camping in Mendocino. This weekend, we’re going out to Boca Reservoir. The weekend before we move, we get to take part in a friend’s gender reveal party (and we get to make the cake, so we get to know if the baby is a boy or a girl before they do! Bwahahahaha!).

That being said, being busy is really tough on writers, or at least it’s tough on me. Between working, trying to pack for our move in the evenings, taking care of way-too-many animals, and being gone/busy every weekend, sometimes it’s overwhelming. When I finally DO have time to sit down and whip up a quick blog post, half the time I just want to curl up in my bed and stare at the ceiling until suddenly I wake up and it’s morning again!

Unfortunately, though, we’re always going to be busy. I don’t really recall any time in the past five years where I wasn’t busy. I worked my way through college, so I spent between eight and twelve hours on campus every day. Back then, I got a lot of my writing done either at work or in the margins of my notebooks during class.

Then I went from “college student” to “new graduate whose mother just passed away,” and amidst the emotional turmoil and getting a full time job, a lot of my time got sucked up.

A lot of writers let their busy schedules get in the way of their productivity.

And by a lot of writers, I clearly mean myself.

This is one of my biggest problems when it comes to keeping myself motivated and moving forward. After work, all I want to do is lay down for an hour and not do anything. Unfortunately, even if I can’t write, I have so much other shit to do I can hardly justify doing nothing at all.

How can we get over this particular issue? American culture essentially teaches us to be busy all the time, and it’s tough to break out and find time to do what we’re really passionate about when we sink so much energy into other areas.

Schedule time
For a while, my husband and I were having regular “writing dates.” We would walk to our favorite coffee shop with our laptops and spend a few hours there. These helped a ton, and kept me thinking about what I was going to work on during our next date.

Start a project with friends
Or any project other people are involved in, really, even if it just means that you have a blog a few of your friends read every day. If you know people are paying attention to what you’re doing, it’s a lot harder to let yourself slip (or it at least makes you feel a lot more guilty about it).

(Speaking of, I made a commitment to write one blog post every day for a year. Let’s see how that goes.)

Just do it.
This third piece actually came from my mindset today as I sat down to write this. I was staring at a blank cursor, thinking, “Well, damn. I need a post for tomorrow. And one for Saturday, Sunday, and Monday since I’m going to be out of town this weekend. Why the heck did I say I was going to post once a day? I’m already out of ideas!”

Then I just forced myself to start typing, and eventually I realized I had a general idea and went with it. BAM! Busy schedules get in the way of writing. DONE.

There you have it. If you’re super busy and having a hard time motivating yourself to write, try some of these things and see what happens! You may just be surprised.

Cheers,
–MC

Categories: Series, Writing Roadblocks

Discussion

  1. Whatever your craft is, dedicating time on a consistent basis is hugely important. Whether it’s writing, painting, playing, or whatever, it helps a lot to treat it like brushing your teeth or taking a shower. Make it part of your routine.

    Jared Johnson

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