Song of the Day: Clocks by Coldplay
1. While you're waiting at the doctor's office, the mechanic shop, the nail shop, etc.
You know how sometimes (despite making an appointment) you have to wait in the waiting room to see the doctor? Instead of grabbing that magazine, grab a pen and your notebook. Or, if you carry it around, your laptop/netbook. Do you know how much writing I've done waiting at the hair salon? (Both in the waiting room and under the dryer!) Even if you are only waiting for five minutes, you can get a lot in. Something is better than nothing.
2. If you use public transportation, write on the bus or train.
Unfortunately, I don't live in a place where transportation is at its best. In Florida, you pretty much NEED to have a car. But those of you who are lucky enough to be able to ride a train or bus somewhere, should take advantage of that time. You really have no excuse!
3. Have you ever been a couple minutes early for work? Use that as writing time.
I'm a little crazy when it comes to this one. I'm paranoid about time whenever I have to be somewhere important, so I'm always 30 minutes early for work. I sometimes use the time to read, but during National Novel Writing Month, I wrote large chunks of my novel in the car before work. Many times I would end up writing at least half of my daily word count goal.
4. Write on your lunch break.
I get an hour for lunch so it's actually very beneficial for me to write on my break. On average people get at least thirty minutes for lunch. Lots of words can be written in thirty minutes. If you don't want to get too involved in your story, why not use the time to make outlines of novels or short stories?
5. At your kid's soccer match.
My boss attends every one of her children's soccer games. She once joked about the other moms making fun of her because she was always working on her cases. Some of you might say, that you don't want to miss a big moment, but there are always breaks in sports. You can at least write on the breaks. And I'm not just talking soccer. You can write during basketball, football, lacrosse, track. You get the picture.
Writing should never be about quantity and it's not a race. You can progress your WIP in small amounts of time. What about you? When do you find the time to write?