Writing more often

I’d describe myself as a wordsmith.  I love words (silhouette, zephyr and tarantism being some of my favs), correct grammar and writing in generally.  It’s thus really frustrating that despite the mix of children’s books, blog posts and poems floating around in my head, I find it so hard to…get…the…words…out.  As in written.  Instead they live a maelstrom in my head and I’m on a mission to change that.

I’ve been writing this blog in various incarnations since 2008.  It started out as Random Musings and that it was….from politics to my marathon training to the demise of Woolworths it delivered sporadically on its namesake.  Then in 2009 my first pregnancy became my catalyst and inspiration to pull my finger out, document the experience and finally write more regularly, my goal all along.  It was at this point that I discovered the wider blogging community and all the inspiring food for thought it had to offer.

Fast forward several years and two children later, this blog and my writing in general became increasingly shelved and generally lost its vim.  But I’ve never given up on it either.  Ditto a handful of other ‘offline’ writing projects suspended in a latent phase.

Following some soul searching of late, I’m yet again back on the writing/blogging bandwagon.  But I’m a bit daunted, and I’d love your advice on how you carve out time for writing and blogging in busy hectic everyday life.  Do you consciously think about carving a niche out for yourself, or do you just go with what you love, or both?  There are so many inspiring other bloggers/writers out there that sometimes I wonder if there’s even a point…will anyone even read my words, and connect with them?  It’s hard not to compare but in my gut I think it’s the way forward.  One consistency across the years I’ve been writing is that I’ve stayed true to myself and I don’t want to lose that.

One of the reasons my writing has always fallen by the wayside is that I’ve treated it as an enjoyable hobby with little commitment.  But I finally recognize that a book or blog won’t get written by a flight of fancy or all the ideas swimming around in my head.  If I want to write more often then I’ve got to just do it (sorry Nike), to get more organised, to make it a priority.  I hold myself to a high standard in other areas of my life so why shouldn’t I here when it’s for something that makes me tick.

I’ve linked up with What I’m Writing over at Writing Bubble this week.

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22 Responses to Writing more often

  1. Interesting post! I have to admit, I haven’t been the greatest about carving out writing time for myself lately. But what I usually do is set up a weekly agenda for myself and in that agenda set aside specific time for writing. Otherwise, it’s often pushed into the background with all of the other priorities of life taking over!

  2. Nicola Young says:

    If it’s not writing here and there in between other work or dropping the kids at various clubs, I get up early to do an hour before breakfast (early morning is better for me than late at night). I made a commitment to myself to not let my fiction work get put to one side due to other work, but it’s hard. I make sure I write at least two blog posts a week that are writing related and that’s this one and my weekly Friday Fiction post. That way, I make sure that I focus on the writing side without fail.

  3. Best of luck with fitting it in! Nadine Hill over @ Juggle Mum wrote a great book about finding the time to write, you might find it useful…

  4. I think you’ve nailed it in your past paragraph! Just do it – it’s the only way. I totally empathise with this though and often wonder if I’ve got the balance right with my blogging and writing. Blogging takes up a lot of time (and I’m not even a prolific blogger!) particularly if you join in linkys and regularly read and comment on other people’s blogs. I sometimes wonder if I should spend less time on the blog and more time on my other writing… but then I LOVE the writing community I’ve found through blogging and find it has really helped my confidence and sustained my commitment to writing over the past year or so.
    Like you say, I think you have to follow your gut and to some extent treat writing as a job. Getting books/stories/poems out of your head and onto paper is hard work. Thanks for linking to #WhatImWriting and I’d love to hear how you get on with your writing this year!

  5. It is so hard to find the time to fit everything in. And I’m afraid I don’t have any apical solution… But I’ve found it helps, when I’m feeling overwhelmed, to try to hone in on what it is I’m really trying to achieve and channel everything towards that.

    I want to be a published novelist. So I’m writing novels (I’m editing my second at the moment), and that is my priority as far as time is concerned – even if it’s just an hour a day carved out for that it keeps it moving forward. But then the blog is important too – but only in so far as it supports my writing. It’s good practise, and it builds my profile. This gives me a slightly different objective to some other mummy bloggers out there, and I have to keep reminding myself of that when I’m looking with admiration at everything they are managing to achieve that I’m not.

    I don’t know if any of that makes sense, but I guess ultimately what I’m saying is work out your priorities, set yourself some goals, and then give yourself a stern talking to when necessary to achieve them! Good luck 🙂

  6. Emily Organ says:

    I had a parenting blog for a few years on which I posted every other day. Once I became serious about getting a book written the blog had to go. And I felt it had run its course anyway. Now I have a sort of writery blog with two posts a week if that. I think you do have to prioritise if you want to get something written and you have to schedule it into your day. I make sure writing is the first thing I get done every day (after walking the dog otherwise he’s jumping all over me) and then all the things are done afterwards. I’m nit suggesting you should ditch your blog by the way! I think it’s possible to maintain it, but if you’re putting a lot of time into your blogging then maybe some of it has to give a little bit. Good luck!

  7. Finding the time is exactly what I am struggling with at the moment. I’d like to write more than my blog, but I love the blog, so it’s hard to carve out separate time. At the very least I use the blog to try new things (fiction and poetry) and write as much as I can… There’s never enough time, but if you love it, you can make some. Even if it’s squeezed in to 15 mins here and there! In answer to your question though, I do bits and bobs during the day when I can, mainly reading and commenting on other blogs and then try and spend an hour or so writing in the evening (if I’m not too tired) and then my husband very kindly takes the kids for at least a few hours at the weekends and I try and get some focused writing time in there. If I know I’m going to be really stretched I don’t join in with linkys as they can make me feel too pressured and then I get nothing else done! It’s not ideal, and I won’t lie, I’m looking forward to my little girl starting preschool so that I can get a few dedicated hours each day to make something more of it all 🙂 #whatimwriting

  8. Ask me on any day of the week or weekend and I’ll give you a slightly different story about how I write and when I write. It’s just a case of finding a moment and getting on with it-it may end up being 5 minutes or you might get lucky and manage a whole hour! I have learnt to be flexible, that is what works for me more than anything. I don’t tend to plan a week, even though I’m a great planner of life, I find planning my writing doesn’t help me creatively at all.
    I also jot things down to come back to later-I have notes everywhere from my bedside table, to my phone to my ‘work’ desk. Good luck with whatever plan you decided to go with 🙂

  9. Yes, you do have to make time to write. If it’s the thing that makes you run, then you should make time to do it. A lot of people feel this way aboiut writing, that it’s just a little something they dabble with and you’re right, books don’t get written if you’re dabbling, blogs take time and care to get right. Even blog posts take a couple of hours sometimes.
    Finding time to do this can be hard – it’s totally doable though. (I wrote a post about exactly this for the linky this week!)
    Good luck, thanks for linking up to #whatimwriting and looking forward to being part of your writing journey. x

  10. Bump2Basics says:

    I think you are right Adria, I need a plan that is realistic so I can actually action it. I hope you are able to carve out some more time for your own writing too.

  11. Bump2Basics says:

    It sounds like you have a good system in place Nicola. This is all good food for thought as I try to get in a more regular groove.

  12. Bump2Basics says:

    I’ll check that out, thanks Renee!

  13. Bump2Basics says:

    Thanks Maddy. I think you and Chrissie have created a great space to inspire and support fellow writers, which I look forward to taking part in. I do like both my blogging and ‘on the side’ writing so am in the midst of setting out what I hope are realistic goals for both.

  14. Bump2Basics says:

    Really sound advice Sophie, I have taken it on board. I think the only way I’m going to move forward is if I get focused and do my own thing. Thank you

  15. Bump2Basics says:

    I’m hearing a lot that I need to prioritise. It makes sense. I’m trying to reconcile how my writing fits with my blogging so I can hopefully move forward with them both. I want them to support each other. I also want to be realistic in my goals with each so I can actually make some progress.

  16. Bump2Basics says:

    I need to find my ‘windows’ Sara! I’m also thinking that I need to dedicate some serious time to this at the weekend, and I suppose a couple of evenings a week. At the moment I have one 3.5 hour child free window when I’m not with my kids or at work in London but that’s my catch all for everything at the mo. I always thought it would be a good time for writing but realistically I think I may be best finding other times.

  17. Bump2Basics says:

    I’ve got a jot down book too Iona! And my the notes on my phone is also helpful too. Getting on with it though is definitely what I need to do right now@

  18. Bump2Basics says:

    Thanks Chrissie, I’m grateful for all the comments and advice I’ve had from this linky. I am still working on my plan of action but I recognise and acknowledge now that I need one if I’m going to move forward.

  19. I’m looking forward to seeing some more of your writing too!
    I’m finding it harder and harder to find time for (non work) writing but I want to devote more time this year to things that make me happy, and blogging used to be one of them so that’s on the list. Also on my list – meeting up with you!! What days are you working and are you ever free for a morning coffee?

  20. I struggle with this all the time, in fact I think we all do. Finding the time to do the things that keep us sane is a constant uphill battle. I have just started a new routine – I spend 30 minutes every day on writing my novel. Just 30 minutes. I have a timer and ignore EVERYTHING (including social media) for that 30 minutes. When the timer goes off I stop – even if I don’t want to. It’s working really well so far, last week I managed 500-600 words per day and this week that has increased to 800-900. I squeeze it in just after my lunch to allow me the time in a morning to get other things done. I hope you find the time to write. Good luck. xx

    • Bump2Basics says:

      Thanks Morgan. After all the good advice I received I’ve tried to carve out some writing windows each week that work with our day to day. I’ve stuck to it for a week so that’s a good start, right? Now the challenge is to continue!

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