Managing my time as a writer

Get-organisedMy never-ending problem has always been how to organise myself. Last year I finally made the decision to truly commit to writing, and by commit I mean make it a real part of my life. I started writing every day, took two courses, joined a writers’ circle and began to read as much as I could about the craft. In short, I let go of the idea of success and focused on the process. However, what I’m finding now is that there is so much non-writing ‘stuff’ that is necessary to do in order to become a good writer, that I’m sometimes overwhelmed and not really sure how to prioritise, and the more time I have, the more difficult (bizarrely) this seems to be! I tend to feel that everyone else seems to have got this time management thing worked out?  Any ideas/advice?

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3 thoughts on “Managing my time as a writer

  1. I wasn’t able to write everyday – I felt overwhelmed. I post 3x a week and during my free time I visit other blogs (like now). You have to find what works for you and not end up feeling as if it’s a chore.

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  2. Maryruth: Hello, and thanks for your interesting post. I think we’re all in the same boat when it comes to getting done what we want to get done and reaching some sort of gratification. If I don’t get my writing started before 8 a.m., I’ll probably not get much of it done at all that day. That’s the mindset I’ve established for myself. And then, of course, there’s all of those other things you spoke of: the “non-writing stuff!” Very challenging–and time consuming. Regardless, it’s still exciting to be involved in all of this. Keep at it! 🙂
    Mark

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