Some of the world’s best books have been written in an hour a day over months.
So how do I do this? Find these small spaces of time to write and make the most of them?
Notepads (the kind you physically write in)
I have notepads in handbags and beside my bed. I capture ideas, imagery and random sentences. For some reason I can more easily forgive myself for jotting in a notepad around my kids than I can tapping away on my phone. It seems to allow me to remain more connected. And I end up with ideas, plans and pretty sentences ready for the taking when I sit down at the keyboard.
Notepad (the app on the phone)
My most used app is Notes. It’s what I am using right now. It allows me take my writing wherever I am. Sometimes words don’t flow on the computer, trapped inside and behind a desk. But notes gives me freedom to write whenever time and inspiration strike together.
Plan things out first
If you plan your writing first — which can also be done in five minute increments — you will be able to pick up easily where you left off.
Learn to write in five minute increments
Set the timer and just go. Don’t worry about a ritual or a mindset or a perfect set of circumstances. Grab that little slice of time and wrestle with it whole heartedly for the entire space of 300 seconds.
Let go of the romance
You don’t need a cup of a tea and a biccie, background music, a meditative state or any other props to invite the words. Ritual is great if you have the time — it’s beautiful and cozy. When you don’t have the time it’s a barrier to creativity and a seemingly good excuse.
Find and use the small cracks of time
I don’t have any spare hours in my day. But I do have spare minutes. A few snatched before the kids wake up. The trip into town on the bus. The ad breaks. The time I would otherwise spend on social media. A few words written and a few words read before bedtime. The sacred minutes between pulling into the driveway sans kids and actually getting out of the car. There are dotted over the day – these tiny opportunities.
It’s not an easy thing — squeezing writing into life. But it’s possible when I let go of romantic writerly notions and seize what’s available to me. When I give myself permission and encourage myself that it is a worthwhile pursuit.
Even if the only reward is balm to the soul — that’s still a large reward.