We’re all time-crunched.
Fitting writing in is a huge challenge.
If you’re time-crunched you’ll find writing is a tough fit. To write, you squeeze in a few minutes here or there. You may lug your laptop around everywhere you go, or you may have a notebook and a favorite pen in your bag, ready to go at a moments notice. Or you may even have voice to text software and you’re not afraid to look a little silly speaking into your phone when inspiration hits. You are a 10 minute novelist and you are writing the best you can.
Or are you?
Maybe you’re not. Maybe you believe the best place to write is in a secluded cabin. Or maybe you believe that all you really need is a good two hour chunk somewhere and then you’d be productive. Maybe you think you need all the new apps or all the new software to get the job done. Or maybe you think that quitting that day job and living hand to mouth a while will motivate you. Maybe you just don’t know how to fit your writing goals in to your world?
Never fear! A few of us have figured this out. We’re 10 Minute Novelists. We’re time-crunched and busy. We have a lot of commitments. But we’re still finding time to pursue our dreams.
10 Minute Novelists don’t use ‘time-crunched’ as an excuse not to write.
Sandy Stuckless If you have a day job, write on your lunch break…in your car.
Become nocturnal. Write when the owls are awake to keep you company. Turn off the dang TV! It rots your brain anyway! Headphones, especially the noise canceling ones are your best friend. Even if you’re not listening to anything. People think you are and leave you alone.
10 Minute Novelists look for time leaks and make the most of them.
10 Minute Novelists get up earlier.
10 Minute Novelists stay up later.
10 Minute Novelists sacrifice something else.
Stephanie Smith Diamond I turn off the wifi on all my devices in order to avoid distractions.
10 Minute Novelists set small and manageable goals.
10 Minute Novelists have a plan and then work that plan!
10 Minute Novelists make the most of every opportunity.
Sharon Kathleene I take my pen and paper into the bathroom with me, and I don’t care if it’s gross! It might only be a few minutes here or there, but I’m usually able to bang out a couple hundred words while I have NOTHING ELSE TO DO.
10 Minute Novelists get creative when it comes to their family time.
Shannyn Jordan I unleash the 4 year old on the cats hoping they can distract her long enough for me to write a hundred words.
Laura Salinas If you can give the kids a job that you would normally do quickly but they’ll take 10 minutes to do that will buy you some time something like put the cans away my general rule is will they hurt it or will it hurt them and if neither is true give them more responsibilities those minutes add up and you’re instilling a good work ethic in the short people.
Eric Johnson Send family to the store. Arrange playdates, and tell their spouse they can go to the bar with their friends. Fake your own kidnapping. Then hide in garage to write. Claim abduction by UFO. Threaten housework., and when family leaves write.
None of the writers quoted above have a fancy cabin in the woods.
10 Minute Novelists believe that momentum and consistency is more important than time allotted or word count.
If you look at your time-crunched life, and squeeze in a little bit of writing here and there you can be a 10 Minute Novelist too!
Katharine Grubb is a homeschooling mother of five, a novelist, a baker of bread, a comedian wannabe, a former running coward and the author of Write A Novel In 10 Minutes A Day. Besides pursuing her own fiction and nonfiction writing dreams, she also leads 10 Minute Novelists on Facebook, an international group for time-crunched writers that focuses on tips, encouragement and community.