I get asked often: How do you find time to write? For a while, it was with great difficulty. Trying to force myself to write when I didn’t want to made the task feel like work. I seemed to have so much on my plate with my paid job and other commitments that there was no time for it. Lately however, I found my mojo again and writing is a part of my down-time. I think the trick is to make writing fun, not a chore.
No one likes to work. No one wants to put time aside for work unless it is necessary. For me, writing is a hobby, not my job. It can feel like I don’t have time or that I don’t have the energy to work on such a project. But, when you enjoy doing something, you will automatically find time to do it. You’ll find time you didn’t even know you had!
Now that I am working on book 3 of the Sky Stone series, my current inspiration and excitement levels are high. I am surprised by how quickly it is taking shape. I have been writing at least one thousand words a day for the last few weeks. My word count is already exceeding 30,000. This is mostly because I am writing during my ‘me-time’, for fun, because I want to be writing. I’m even finding that I enjoy writing even when I only have small pockets of time to do so; times I wouldn’t have thought I could utilize.
In a nutshell, writing is supposed to be fun. You write because you want to. Things that you want to do should come easily and you’ll find time to do them, almost without effort. If you’re in a slump right now, don’t worry; find something that you want to write about and I’ll guarantee that you’ll suddenly have the time to do it.
Scarlett Van Dijk
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A Writer's Tale
Scarlett Van Dijk
Writer of young adult, fantasy series, the Sky Stone series, poetry and short stories.
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