Making time to write is just like making time for exercise—you have to make a conscious decision to do it if you want results. It’s easy to sit and daydream about finishing your novel or writing a blog post; it’s the “doing” part that trips up many people. So here are a few tips to help you get the lead out and get your ass off the couch, whether you plan to head to the computer or the treadmill.
Make a date with yourself. You’d feel like such a jerk if you made a date with a friend for coffee and you flaked out. You should also feel this way if you make a plan to write for a half hour and you choose to check in with the Real Housewives instead. Set aside a block of time every day or every week to write and don’t stand yourself up.
Wake up earlier. Set your alarm for 30 minutes earlier than you normally wake up, and commit that time to writing. Start doing this once a week and once that becomes a habit, set a goal to do it three or more days a week.
Write at lunch. If you’re like most workers, you get a lunch break every day where you can stretch your legs, grab a sandwich and space out for an hour. Instead of spacing out or catching up on the latest gossip around the office, use your time to write.
Carry a small notebook with you everywhere. You never know when inspiration will strike. That’s why most writers carry a notebook with them to jot down any great sentences, topics or notes that pop into our heads. I prefer a Moleskine, but any notebook will do.
If you want to be a better writer, you have to practice. Make writing a priority and your craft will improve.