How I Make Time to Write

I have college. I have a social life (sort of). I have family duties. And I still write, promote myself, plan….

How do I have time for it all?

Sometimes I ask myself that same question.

First of all, I never schedule anything in my life that doesn’t HAVE to be scheduled. Classes, for example, are at the same times every week, whether I want them to be or not. Those go on the schedule. Doctor Who is at the same time every Saturday. That’s scheduled. Birmingham City matches are not subject to my whims, so those are scheduled. Skyping with friends has to be done at a mutually beneficial time, so that’s scheduled. That’s basically it.

I have two email accounts, my ‘school’ account and my ‘work’ account, and both are Gmail hosted. The great thing about them being on Gmail is the use of Google Calendar.

On my ‘school’ Google Calendar, I put all the things I need to schedule, from classes to Doctor Who to assignment due dates to appointments. I also put up the fanfiction I’m working on, every three days – except on holidays where I put something down each day. This keeps me prompted so that I don’t ever forget about my fanfiction. I also write 100 words on a given story each time I get a review, follow, or favorite on a story. If the story’s finished, I do 100 words on whatever’s on my docket, which is currently one of my Hunger Games stories. I also switch up my docket going alphabetically down my list of stories on a fairly regular basis, so I don’t forget anything.

On my ‘work’ Google Calendar, every day has something work related a the top, whether it’s to work on a video for my YouTube page, raising money for copyright, or working on the latest chapter of either my working novel or novella. For the whole month of November, for example (NaNoWriMo), each day is a reminder to work on a section of a chapter of my novel.

Any time I check either calendar for any reason (which I do frequently throughout the day for both), I take that opportunity to work on the reminder I’ve set for the day. There’s no scheduled time, and if my other work is doing well I write more. If it’s going poorly, I write less.

I think it’s a good system. It’s yet to fail me. And for those of you who don’t know me, I have a very short attention span most of the time. Switching gears every five minutes is sort of necessity for me.

And that is how I get it done.




About Charlotte Blackwood

Charlotte Blackwood is a self-employed aspiring author working on perfecting her first novella/ first novel. She is a current student at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, CA. If you're looking for a reading list (someday she'll add her own works to the list), she's currently supporting Anna Karenina, anything by Dickens, anything by Tolkien, anything by JK Rowling, A Song of Ice and Fire, and The Hunger Games.

2 thoughts on “How I Make Time to Write

  1. I have a full time job (a long commute) and a home to run, I update my blog everyday, I’m writing a book yet I still get a full nights sleep every night. I often wonder how I do it too.

  2. I work flex time, and I’m just terrible at sitting down and actually working. And since work comes before writing, writing is even harder to accomplish. I’ve been thinking of forcibly scheduling my time … and Google Calendar sounds legit. Thanks for the idea 🙂

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