And now here's a guest post from Cheyanne Young, author of the excellent YA superhero novel Powered.
By Cheyanne Young, author of Powered
As much as I'd love to live the life of a full time writer who can lounge in pajamas all day, drinking coffee and producing an endless line of beautifully written novels, I unfortunately still need a day job. I'm also a mother and wife and have one energetic puppy that loves attention. (At least I still get to drink coffee all day) Finding time to pursue my passion of writing is challenging, but I live by one motto that I also use to motivate me to exercise:
One hour is only 4% of your day.
What can you accomplish by writing for just one hour? For me it's about 1000 words. I haven't always been able to reach this goal in an hour but I've found that nothing improves my writing abilities better than writing. (Who knew?) If you have a busy life like mine, it may be difficult to find an hour a day to write, but here are some tricks that will help you squeeze in more writing time each day:
- Carry a notebook with you. (Or alternatively, a netbook/tablet if you have one) Now you can write during unexpected down time like while waiting at the doctor's office, or while on hold with the cable company. Are you bored at your child's sports practice/dance class? Write!
- Ask yourself this: Do I really need to watch TV right now? I think the biggest time suck for many people is the television. I hate realizing I've just wasted hours of my life watching reruns of some show I've already seen. Turn off the TV and get to writing. Plus if you DVR your favorite shows, you can skip the commercials later.
- Learn to eat fast. If you get an hour lunch break at work, eat your food quickly and then use the rest of the time for writing. Half of my novels are written on my lunch breaks.
- Organize your life. If your house is free of clutter then you can't waste twenty minutes looking for your kid's jacket before you leave the house. That's an extra twenty minutes you can spend writing. An organized life means there is always more time for writing.
- Wake up an hour earlier than usual. Just kidding. Don't do this. I would never do this. I love sleep too much.
Thanks Cheyanne! Go out and buy a copy of Powered on Amazon or wherever starting November 28th! And you can enter to win a Kindle Fire or Amazon gift card below: