How To: Write when you’re busy

In one of my blogs last month, one of the reasons I said why writing is a Good Hobby is because you don’t need all the time in the world to sit down and write. Today, I want to talk about how to write when you’re busy, and my top tips on how you can still create even when your diary is jam packed with other activities.

Focus on one project

It’s easy when you’re busy to try and let your ideas list spiral out of control. After all, it’s easier to write down a new idea than it is to try an execute an existing one.

However, my first top tips is when you’re busy focus on one project. Have one project that’s your key project, the priority for your time. That way, when you find yourself with ten minutes free to spend doing your creativity, you can crack on with writing rather than picking which idea you want to focus on.

Slow and Steady

When you’re busy, the progress you can make on your project can seem incremental. Almost so incremental that you can’t really tell what progress apart from the fact you opened up the document to try and work on it.

This is my next tip – remind yourself that slow and steady gets you to the end of the race as well. Sure, you might not have all the time in the world but that does not mean your project is any less worthwhile. It just means you might get to the end of your project a little later than you otherwise would have.

Everyone has their own path

When you’re busy, especially when you’re busy, it can feel like everyone else has all the time in the world. Of course, that is why they can write, with all of that time and lack of stress or commitments holding them back.

This is my next tip: remind yourself that everyone has their own path. Remind this to yourself when you see someone take a different path to your own, and remind yourself that your path, despite being busy and sometimes overwhelming, is 100% yours to own.

Your busy life will not stop you achieving your goal, it will just mean you take a different path to get there.

Writing isn’t always the most important thing

Sometimes, other things take precedence over writing, and that is okay. In fact, that is more than okay. Because your job pays for your day-to-day life, your relationships give your life richness and your other activities give you different opportunities to grow. Not everything has to be about writing.

So when you have ten minutes and you decide that writing isn’t the most important thing that day, don’t feel guilty. It’s okay to make something else the priority.

Set your expectations in reality

Linked to a number of the points above, set your expectations realistically. If you’re busy, then it might be unreasonable to say that you’ll finish your novel in a few months. So don’t punish yourself if you take longer with something – instead, set your goals knowing how busy you actually are.

Then, when you achieve those goals (and you will!) you’ll be doing so without burning out.

What are your tips?

Do you have any tips for how to manage writing whilst you’re busy? Let me know in the comments below!


Alex.J.Cobalt is a fantasy writer from the UK. When she’s not working away at her fantasy novel series, she posts free flash fictions on her website, along with regular blogs about writing.

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