Finding the Time…

…to write.

This post is inspired by a posy I saw on Kindleboards in the Writer’s Cafe.

I’m a workaholic, I will readily admit that. While I like the income from two jobs, it’s a terribly wearing thing to do and leaves little time for family-time and less time for writing.

My ultimate goal in my quest to finish my novels and publish them is to be able to afford to quit my day job. I know that it’s a longshot and that it may take some time to accomplish my goal, I feel that what I’m working on is unique and compelling enough to eventually carry me into that realm.

But first, I have to find the time to write and edit.

My wife and I recently made a rule: while our 15 month old son is awake, we only use technology when it is absolutely necessary. With the exception of Sundays. This cuts out around 2-3 hours on weeknights but I’m okay with that as I’m not particularly productive between day job and night job anyways.

So I cram all of my work into Friday and Saturday nights after 10, except when we rent a movie, and all day Sundays.

During the week I’ll use my smartphone to type up plot ideas or character arcs, so some of the back end stuff doesn’t require my attention during my designated writing periods. It’s still difficult to cram all of that work into such small periods, but I’m a workaholic, I can do it!

So when do you find time to write?

About Joshua K Johnson

Josh is the author of The Cerberus Rebellion and The Hydra Offensive, Gunpowder Fantasy novels set in the Griffins & Gunpowder universe. He is currently working on a new novel set in the same world as well as The Centaur Incursion, Book 3 in the Ansgari Rebellion Series and Loyalty Betrayed, Book 1 in the Liberty Forged Series. He currently works full-time and has an 8-year old and a 4-year old to keep him busy.

Posted on May 5, 2012, in writing and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. In the day’s cracks and crevices, mostly! My goal of one chapter a week is manageable, but only just (I have just one job, so I can’t imagine how much less time you must have). Some days I’ll only get a couple hundred words out; others, several thousand. To be honest, the thing I find myself not having time to do is actually read, which I’m trying to force myself to do at the moment – hence why I’m reading your post!

    • Thanks for reading.

      My goal of late has been 5,000 words per week. I can typically get around a thousand done on Fridays and Saturdays and another few thousand done on Sundays
      Right now I’m working through a hard copy edit of The Cerberus Rebellion so my goal is to get as much done as possible.

      Audio books have provided me with time to read as part of my day job involves driving and that provides the time to listen to a chapter or two

  2. I try to at night, after work, but weekends seem to work best. Mornings. Nice to know we’re not alone, trying to find that time to chase our writing dreams!

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