How to Write Consistently When Life Gets Busy

by - February 10, 2019

Hey, everyone! Welcome back!

I’ve discussed consistency before, but then I got to thinking. What about writing consistently when life gets really busy? Because the truth is, none of us writers sit around and lounge on the couch, eating popcorn and writing. We’re all busy, and we all have occupied lives!

So this week, I'd like to expand on consistency, since that's one of the most important ways of getting better in your writing.

And if you haven't read consistency yet, go read that first!

Now let's begin this week's post!



Admit it. Consistency during the school year just doesn't seem practical, does it? You go to school, come home, maybe have a snack, and do your homework. By the time you're done with that, you're too tired to wrack your brain with coming up with ideas, scenes, sentence structures, etc. for your writing.

I’ve been homeschooled my entire life, but I’m still very busy! Whether you’re homeschooled or go to school, your days are packed.

So how in the world are you supposed to write consistency throughout the school year (or in the midst of your busy life) if you're out of time and energy? It takes so much mental energy to write that at the end of the day you are out of inspiration.

Time to watch a movie.

Time to do the dishes.

Time to go to bed.

Anything to get out of writing because the inspiration and motivation aren't there. You don't want to push yourself to come up with ideas at the end of the day.

So how do you stay consistent during the busy times of life?

DO YOU WAIT FOR INSPIRATION?

I used to write whenever I had the inspiration. Or whenever I felt like it.

When the inspiration isn't there, you're probably waiting for it to come.


Sound familiar? Read this quote:



So what are you? A waiter? Until I joined The Young Writer's Workshop, I used to be a waiter. One year ago, the quote above would have described me well.

Now I push through writer's block to write. It might be less than 100 words in one sitting, but I've still broken through the block.

If you are a waiter like I was, don't be ashamed, because you can fix that!

Ready to be a writer? Let's go!  

HOW IMPORTANT IS WRITING TO YOU?

One thing that is vital to consider is this: is writing one of your higher priorities? Or is it just something you do when you feel like it?

If it's the latter, maybe this post doesn't apply to you. Maybe you just want to write for fun—and that's totally fine! But one way you'll get better in your writing is actually writing.

If it's the former, sometimes being consistent means making yourself sit down and write. Even for ten or fifteen minutes. Find a time that works out in your busy schedule.

BUSY TIMES MIGHT MEAN SLOWER PROGRESS

Just because you're busy doesn't mean you can't try to sneak in a few minutes of writing time. As I've mentioned above, write for only ten minutes. You might progress slower than you'd like, but it'll be worth it! You'll have that many more words in your project.

Don't be hard on yourself. Sit down and write for ten minutes if that's all you have time for (or if that's all the time you want to spend on it right now). Maybe you can come back later and write more, but if not, that's okay.

Consistency is not about writing for hours and hours in one day. It's about writing often.

Find a time in the day that works with your schedule. I've been told that if you write at around the same time every day, your brain will automatically be ready to think. So it will get easier. Just keep going!

GET RID OF DISTRACTIONS

Another reason you might be struggling with consistency is that you have too many distractions nearby. Your phone keeps going off with texts in your group, or you were just about to sit down and write when your friend emails you.

Get rid of distractions and write.

The Internet is awesome, but it can be so distracting. When I want to write and get off the Internet, I either do some word sprints with people on my writing community, or I switch off the Internet button. Those options help me so much! (Fun fact: As I'm writing the draft of this post, I'm actually in a focus sprint—similar to word sprint—with two people on The Young Writer's Workshop Community.)

I've had busy months. There have been months when I've written half as much as the last month. That's totally okay, though, because at least I wrote something! And that's what consistency is all about—writing something often.


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  1. I definitely struggle with consistency. I'm making it a goal this month to sit down and write something everyday.

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    1. That's awesome, Fe! You got this!! Let me know how it goes in the post My Writing Journey for April in a few weeks! I'd love to hear how you're doing! :D

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