I used to think I couldn’t write unless I had an hour or more to devote to it. Of course this would rarely happen, since a little thing called ‘life’ would get in the way.
The idea was sound: I wanted to avoid distraction. I never wanted to settle for a 5-minute block of time or writing with kids around because it seemed pointless. I couldn’t do my best writing in that environment, right?
A few years ago I read an interview with a well-known author who claimed there was no excuse for writers who said they didn’t have time to work on their craft. While in college, she’d write on her Blackberry in the few minutes’ downtime she had before class, and that’s how she wrote her first bestseller.
So I made my own attempt. I wrote first thing in the morning, even if the kids were already up. I wrote at night, when it was past bedtime. I wrote in the middle of the day, as ‘Cupcake Wars’ blared in the background. Sometimes these only consisted of ten-minute increments, at best.
Here’s what I discovered: It is totally possible to write this way. Not only that, but it’s rewarding! Is my writing perfect? No. That’s where edits come in. But at least it’s a start. A writer isn’t a writer if there’s nothing on the paper, after all! Dropping my preconceived notion that I must have a specific amount of time to write has greatly improved the amount I get written.
I challenge you to do the same. Make an effort to write as many words as you can in the few minutes you have each day and see what a difference it makes in achieving your writing goals!
Laura L. Zimmerman is a homeschooling mom to three daughters, and a doting wife to one husband. Besides writing, she is passionate about loving Jesus, singing, drinking coffee and anything Star Wars. You can connect with her through Facebook and Twitter and at her website, www.lauralzimmerman.com. She’s an author of YA, Fantasy, and Sci-Fi and is represented by Cyle Young of Hartline Literary Agency.