Do you feel like me lately, thinking that there are never enough hours in the day to do things, especially to write? Trust me, I can relate.
You learnt from kindergarten that there are twenty-four hours in a day, but it seems as if your day is missing some hours, unlike everyone else, by some cruel trick. I really understand.
Every twenty-four hours is actually twelve in reality, and you can either use it wisely or you can throw it away; but remember, you can never get it back. Once it is gone, you only have tomorrow.
If you are like me in that you have a full-time job and you’re thinking of how best to maximise the remaining four hours, then read on.
Write on the move
A full-time job takes eight hours, and you have possibly woken up early to do some house chores and get breakfast ready. Four hours seem too short because there’s a lot of uncertainty travelling to and from work. A flat tire or a delayed rickshaw can put a dent in your plans.
But here’s the good news – you can write on the move. If you are a fiction writer and you use distractions as fodder for your stories, then you’re in good shape. While you’re waiting in line on a queue or you’re travelling to work, you can either get your notebook to jot down characters or you can write a really short story (flash fiction) in the notepad app on your phone.
Have a notepad handy
Remember how as a writer you can never be without a notepad? Well, that’s what to use it for. Pick a stranger at the bus park and imagine a life story for them. Describe how they look and merely by people-watching, you can give your characters robustness that makes them look real and not made up.
Stories are more interesting when the characters are believable and your readers can relate to the characters.
Form a habit
What if you are easily distracted then? Make out fifteen minutes from your routine every day until it becomes a habit. Sit in front of a blank page either on your computer or with a pen and paper.
I find that when ideas delay in coming, a pen and paper does the trick! I can’t bear to look at a plain paper without scribbling on it. And because I’m sacrificing a part of my sleep, then my scribbling must count and become a short story – at least most times.
Choose the best time to write
In reality, though, the best time to write depends on you. You can choose to write for a few minutes in the morning, or you can pick a quiet time at night when the house is asleep and all the dogs have gone to bed and write your heart out.
Writing at night works best for me but you need to pick something that works for you. Consistency is just how you make your new habit stick, but adaptability or flexibility is how you create time out of your busy schedule to write something that will take even your own breath away.
Have you found a way to beat the time shortage? Tell me about it in the comments.