Who has time for writing?
Perhaps the most common writing advice is “Make time to write.” This is wonderful advice. After all, without separating time for the craft, how can the artist create art?
On the other hand, this advice is also one of the most difficult to carry out. Other tasks push writing to the side. For some, these tasks consist of kids and work. For the younger writers, classes and homework. Or maybe you have all of them at the same time. Either way, finding time for writing is difficult.
I actually laugh a little inside whenever I read somewhere that to write one must find a set time in one’s schedule, and one must sit in this wonderful quiet “writing heaven.” I don’t laugh because such advice is ridiculous, but because in my situation, it seems ridiculous. When am I supposed to write when I study full-time, hold a work-study job, and have an internship? In my spare time? Well, I need a few hours to sleep and to hold a social life, don’t I?
As for a writing spot, mine is usually either a dorm full of raucous college students that knock at the door once and then come in before you reply, or a crowded library where I can never find plugs for my running-out-of-battery-life laptop. I can’t lie. Both places can be wonderful, but they are far from a “writing heaven.” Hence, I don’t make time for writing or look for a special place to write. I just write when I can, and where I can. Sometimes while at work, even, I’ll start typing my stories as emails, and send them to myself.
Still, I have come to realize that complaining is pointless, because making time for writing is only for the better. So I am going to make time.
After all, there must always be some time. Ideally, a person should reserve at least an hour or two a day to write. Yet, we all know this is not always possible. Thus, for those of us who cannot–even if we want to and try to–find a place and a time for writing every day, it is fine to settle for some days. What matters is that the stories, essays, novels, poems or plays which you are working on don’t stay in one place. Also, making time for writing should make the task easier. Having reserved time for something, you will not have to worry about fitting it in your to do list anymore.
If you’re in a similar position to the one that I’ve described, why don’t you take another look at your weekly schedule? Write it down if you must. Look at it well. There should be at least an hour you can reserve for writing, even if it’s once a week or twice a week. As for a place for writing, if you find an ideal one, cherish it, if not, there should be one that’s close enough to ideal, use it.