If you’re working, trying to fit writing around your day job is never easy. If your dream is to make a living out of your writing, it may seem as though you are trapped between a rock and a hard place. You want to write but your job is so stressful and energy sapping, trying to be creative after those kind of days is difficult, if not impossible. But, if you want to write, you must find a way to fit it in and hopefully the drive to get those words down, will be there.
Getting a routine going will help and starting small makes it more achievable. Over time the more writing you do the less effort will be required to get the words flowing.
Get Up Early
There are a number of things you could try; then see which suits you best.
Lots of writers get up extra early in order to fit in writing before going to their day job. This may only work if you’re a ‘morning person,’ but you’ll be sharper and more creative at this time of day so it’s worth trying. You’ll also have the benefit of a massive boost for the rest of the day as you’ve got your quota of words in before the rest of the world has started. If getting up in the morning is a struggle, try setting your alarm clock five minutes earlier every couple of days until you’ve got an extra half hour or so.
Streamlining your morning routine will also help, for instance, sort out which clothes you’ll be wearing the night before, make up a packed lunch if you take one. If you normally lay for ten minutes before getting up, cut it down to five minutes or better still just get up straightaway. Stop using the snooze button on your alarm and you’ll probably have an extra twenty minutes to play with.
Change Your Job
On the other side of the coin are ‘night owls’ who only start to come alive as the sun is going down. Writing in the evening seems the easiest route to take but then it comes back to the type of job you do. If it’s mentally draining, you will struggle. If that’s the case, it might be worth looking at either cutting down your hours or changing to a less mentally demanding job.
Keep the words flowing
Writing for short periods throughout the day is a good way of keeping the words flowing. Twenty minutes or half an hour a few times a day, say in the morning, lunch time and after your evening meal all adds up, even if it feels like you’re not achieving much at the time.
Scheduling your writing time into a diary or calendar will reinforce your commitment and keeping track of words per day will help to keep momentum going.
It could be that you’ll need to sacrifice something to make time for writing. I made the decision to stop watching the evening news and had an extra hour to write. How determined you are will make a big difference as to how much writing you fit in to your day. If it really matters to you and the desire is there you will find a way to get the words down.
Please do comment and let me know how you manage to fit your writing in while working a day job.