Time Management for Writers: Really Useful Links by Lucy O’Callaghan

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Lucy O'Callaghan

The summer months are upon us and whether you have children to entertain during the school holidays or trips away planned, your writing can often be pushed to one side. Sometimes it can be difficult to maintain a routine. I have compiled some useful articles and podcasts on time management and how to eke out some writing time during these busy periods.

  1. Summer Writing: tips for a successful season – From The Mixed Up Files

This article recommends setting up an honest calendar and writing down all the visits and trips you may have planned over the summer holidays, then figuring out writing time around these. Even if it is only 15 minutes or half an hour, commit to it. At the same time allow yourself to take a break from writing, even when you aren’t writing, you can be thinking about a story and letting ideas simmer.

  1. 10 Ways to Maintain a Writing Routine During the Holidays – Writing and Wellness

Holidays can be a difficult time of year to stick with a daily writing routine. This article shares 10 ways to keep writing during this time, including writing first thing, finding a new writing place if you are away from home, and a spot to call your own, even if it is a chair in a little nook somewhere. Plan the day before what you are going to write and don’t feel guilty about taking that time. At the same time be realistic with your expectations; just keeping up some semblance of a writing routine is a win.

  1. Time Management Tips for Authors: How to Write More in Less Time (draft2digital.com)

When we say we don’t have enough time to write what we really mean is that we haven’t prioritised sitting down to write every day. Everyone has the same 24-hour day to work with so you need to figure out how to make yours more efficient. This article shares some time management tips geared specifically towards writers, including batching little tasks together, using a timer to enforce focus blocks, and picking a working talisman.

  1. 5 Time Management Tricks to Improve Your Writing (wordrake.com)

To write well, you must use your writing time efficiently. This article shares 5 time management tricks to improve your writing, including avoiding distractions, setting clear goals, and prioritising tough tasks.

  1. Finding The Discipline To Write | The Creative Penn

Writing is simple but it’s not easy. Getting words down takes time, and setting the time aside usually takes discipline at first, until we develop a creative habit. The only person who will beat you up about your writing is yourself, and you are the only one who can make the time. This article from The Creative Penn reminds us that everyone has the same amount of time, and you can usually tell what people value by how they spend it. Of course, you have to balance a day job and family commitments, but if you have a free hour, what do you do with it?

  1. 13 Time Management Tips for Writers | by Jason Aro | Writers’ Blokke | Medium

This article from Medium shares thirteen time management tips for writers, including setting a schedule, using a timer and setting yourself a goal for each writing session. Having your own writing area helps to focus as does making to-do lists. Don’t wait to be in the moment to write; consistency is important. Write every day, even when you don’t feel like it.

  1. The Key to Making Time to Write — Well-Storied.

This podcast discusses 5 principles to help you make a more conscious effort to prioritise your writing: Know your time, be ruthless, set boundaries, play to your process, and find balance.

  1. How To Find The Time To Write And Make The Most Of Your Writing Time With Joanna Penn (thecreativepenn.com)

How can you find time to write? How can you make the most of your writing time? This podcast talks about scheduling your writing in your calendar like you might a gym class or a hair appointment, and that you should consider combining activities like writing while commuting.

  1. Alchemy for Authors – Creating Time to Write (google.com)

This episode from Alchemy for Authors challenges the writer saying they don’t have time to write and asks if our lack of time was actually a way to protect ourselves from writing. It shares ways to find more time for writing, how to set ourselves up to succeed even when time is tight, and how to shift our mindset to create more time in our lives.

  1. Finding Time to Write Podcast | Scribendi

In this podcast, Scribendi provides time management techniques to help you maintain a schedule and keep you on top of your writing goals.

Not beating yourself up when your writing schedule doesn’t always go to plan is important. Accept that sometimes life gets in the way and be flexible to adapt to the temporary situation. Small snippets of writing here and there are better than no writing at all so bring a notebook everywhere, you never know where you might steal five or ten minutes. I hope you have found this week’s column helpful. As always, please get in touch if there are any topics you would like me to cover.

(c) Lucy O’Callaghan

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About the author

Writing since she was a child, Lucy penned her first story with her father called Arthur’s Arm, at the ripe old age of eight. She has been writing ever since. Inspired by her father’s love of the written word and her mother’s encouragement through a constant supply of wonderful stationary, she wrote short stories for her young children, which they subsequently illustrated.
A self-confessed people watcher, stories that happen to real people have always fascinated her and this motivated her move to writing contemporary women’s fiction. Her writing has been described as pacy, human, moving and very real.
Lucy has been part of a local writing group for over ten years and has taken creative writing classes with Paul McVeigh, Jamie O’Connell and Curtis Brown Creative. She truly found her tribe when she joined Writer’s Ink in May 2020. Experienced in beta reading and critiquing, her debut novel, The Lies Beneath is out now, published by Poolbeg.
Follow her on Instagram: lucy.ocallaghan.31. Facebook and Twitter: @LucyCOCallaghan

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