How to Write: How to Find the Time to Write

You want to write. Maybe you want to write non-fiction stories, novels or poems. Perhaps you want to write articles, blog posts or business presentation. Possibly you want to write for self-discovery or to explore your creativity. There are any number of reasons that fuel your desire to write.

Perhaps you write in one area. For example, you do a lot of business writing and you would like to explore other kinds of writing like writing a novel or poem but you think you don’t have the time to fit it into your busy schedule.

Possibly you are a beginner and want to learn how to write and it feels a little overwhelming or intimidating. Or you have some writing skills but would like you learn more. You would like to add to your skill level and knowledge of good writing techniques but where do you find the time to do it?

My question to you is; do you have 15 minutes a day? Could you set aside 15 minutes to either learn how to write, further your writing skills or practice writing? If you are a beginner and it seems daunting to learn how to write, does breaking your writing down into 15 minute segments help you? If you are an intermediate or advanced writer who wants to add to your skill level or explore another genre of writing, could you take 15 minutes a day to do so?

Recently, I talked to a young man who wanted to do humor writing.  I had talked to him about it for a couple of  months when I saw him and each time he said he said he wanted to write but wasn’t writing. I finally asked him, “What do you think the hindrance is?”

He said, “I really want to write but my work is so demanding, I don’t think I can find the time.”

I challenged him, “Can you find 15 minutes a day to write?”

He looked a little startled, “Well, yes, I could find 15 minutes.”

I saw him about a month later, “How’s the writing going?”

He grinned, “It’s going great!  I never thought about taking smaller segments of time. I can sit down for 15 minutes and sometimes it ends up being an hour. I am really enjoying looking at situations in humorous ways and thinking about how I can write about that. I am having fun with it. Thanks so much for getting me unstuck!”

Most of us can find 15 minute segments of time in our day. Ideally, it would be good to have a routine time that you set aside 15 minutes to write but you can find 15 minutes in other ways throughout your day. We can discuss some of those ideas later.

How about you? How can you fit in 15 minutes a day or three times a week? What would work for you? What kind of writing would you like to do?

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4 Responses to “How to Write: How to Find the Time to Write”

  1. Karen Jordan

    Great to connect with you online! I look forward to reading more!

  2. Heather Bestel

    What a wonderful post, you are so encouraging and inspiring. Without your support he may never have found an outlet for his creativity.
    So often, we don’t believe we can do something or we don’t even give things a try. I’m going to listen to your wisdom in areas of my life where I don’t think I have the time – not just writing.
    Thank you
    Heather xx

  3. Sharon Gibson

    Thank you Heather for your kind words. Yes, definitely, you can apply this principle to other parts of your life. Let me know how you do with it.


  4. Sharon Gibson

    Thank you Karen. Good to see you here!