As a writing coach and writing forum owner one of the biggest complaints I hear from both new writers and more established writers is “I don’t have enough time to write!” Another version of the same thing is “I don’t have time to write well!”
Both statements are flat wrong. If you believe them you’re mistaken. I know because not too long ago I was whining the same way. I don’t remember the writing project that was bothering me — probability a book idea. Between coaching and writing clients and playing a part in an election integrity start up I felt I didn’t have enough time to work on the book. A close friend challenged me. “You can write 5 minutes a day, can’t you?”
I was actually offended. You see, I’ve had the experience of writing when I had plenty of time. I could pace, worry about phrasing, dream out the window. I figured that was probably the best way to write well, maybe even the only way. Plus, in truth, I felt entitled to that kind of time for my writing — who knows why, but I did.
My friend urged me to at least try the 5 minutes a day routine. “What do you have to lose?” she intoned. So to prove her wrong I did.
It took me a week or so of practice to actually get some decent writing done in that short time span. I discovered I could after all, particularly when I spent the last few seconds making sure I know how I was going to start the next day — just the core idea, often a word or two was enough.
After awhile I extended my time from five minutes to 10. What luxury! In my case some additional time did open up and I decided to use it to finish the book. But I knew and know beyond a doubt I could have gotten it done 10 minutes at a time. Another truth is that things often change and just being willing to work on your writing project for five or 10 minutes a day might help some change come about. Or you’ll discover you can complete your project and won’t that feel great!
Seriously though, are you going to tell me you don’t have five minutes each day you could devote to your writing? I won’t believe you if you do. Everyone I believe can carve out a consistent five minutes at least five days a week.
Give it a real try for two weeks and see what happens. I’m betting you’ll discover that it works, even if you’d prefer to have longer.
Write well and often,