Writing Tip of the Day: Time to Write

Writing Tip of the Day: Time to Write.
I don’t have time to write=’s I haven’t made writing a priority in my life.
I work 9-10 hous a day monday through friday with an hour drive time communte and I also work on Sundays. Saturday is family day, so most of my time is spent visiting with family.
I visit my mom and sister now most Friday nights.
I have a wife and two children who need time and attention and love.
And I have time to write, if I take it. I know of now very successful authors who worked 60 hours a week at their job and had a lot more children than I do and they still took time to write.
Why, because they made it a priority. They had a Dream to become a professional writer, rather than a daydream to be a rich and famous author and quit having to work hard. Being a professional writer is working hard.
Ask Kevin J. Anderson. He’s working pretty much from when he wakes up to when he goes back to bed, though he also gets to call some pretty fun activities writing work related. But he does the work, only to get mocked by lazy half wits who say because he works harder than they do and produces more he must be a hack.
The man may be something of a mercenary, by regular writing standards. But there’s a reason mercenaries got hired, they are the most bad ass professionals of their fields. And setting the work of the average writer against the work of Anderson would leave them gutted on the battlefield like a normal soldier against a hired, and lets not forget, well paid mercenary.
And even he has time for fresh, original writing of his own, weakening my metaphor but strengthening my original point that people who prioritize writing make time for it. And yes, he has the luxury of doing that full time. But he earned that luxury by busting his ass and doing the work like, or rather as, a professional. Because it’s a profession.
Here’s my test. Write down the number 24. Below subtract the number of hours you actually sleep, on average. Not what you think you should, but what you do. Be sure to figure in those times you stay up late to binge Netflix or finish a great book or . . . more personal things best left unsaid here.
Now subtract the time you are at work, actually working. Ignore breaks and lunch time and commute drive time, all of which can currently be used for writing, at least in some fashion, using modern technology.
Now subtract 2 or four hours for writing time.
Then take the rest of the time of each day and divide it however you choose. And don’t forget that you can work on story ideas at the gym or dictate while hiking like Kevin J Anderson does, if you have the right tools to do it.
Then do the same for weekend days you don’t work, if any.
All the things you are doing that you want to smash more time into than you can fit after writing is subtracted from the number of hours you have left are things that you are currently prioritizing over writing. To some degree you should be. A certain amount of quality time with family, industrious hard work around the house, etc.
But video games, movies, tv shows, reading (to a degree). putzing time, time spent visiting on facebook, time daydreaming about what your life will be like once you are successful author . . . the list goes on.
And how many conventions have you attended. If none, what have you used that vacation time for. Where did you or your family go for vacations, etc.
Make learning, practicing, writing and marketing your work a priority in your life, or admit that it wasn’t time you didn’t have.

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