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How to find time to write


Writing around family, work and life-curveballs

Does anyone else start the year feeling productive only to have life get in the way? We feel you. Whether it’s Covid-curveballs, or daily work/family/social commitments, sometimes our best-laid writing plans don’t work out. This newsletter features advice on staying motivated when time is scarce.  

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How to write around lockdown


I’m writing this as the UK has plunged into yet another lockdown and my activities have been legally limited to work, TV, books and walking once a day.  


In some ways, lockdown should give us MORE time to write. Social obligations are no longer a worry and writing is - I suppose – something we do for fun. So why is it somehow so much harder to put pen to paper?  


Those of you with kids will be pointing at them mouthing ‘homeschooling’, and this is something that’s going to swallow both time and energy for thousands of writers. There’s also the whole ‘working from home’ thing for those of you who can, and although sitting in my pyjamas all day does have its perks, it does make it harder somehow to open my laptop again after a long day and work some more. 


I’m really looking forward to Holly Seddon’s webinar on 14 January on this – not only as she has four kids, a work-from-home job AND a career as a bestselling author – but also so I can check in with members who are all battling the same things. We really are all in this together and that really does help to know.  


For me, my tricks to write during lockdown are bitesize chunks. I’m not going to attempt to write every day, because I know my brain can’t do that around work right now. I will be writing at weekends though. And in the morning as soon as I get up, and then perhaps after a local walk. I’ll reward myself with treats (because dry January isn’t a thing this year!), bad TV and good books. And – at the end of all this – hopefully we’ll have something positive to show for it. And if not – hey – sometimes there are bigger things going on.  


So tell me – what are you doing to motivate yourself through lockdown? What are your tips for finding time to write – whatever your personal circumstances right now? Share them in the Townhouse here. We’re all in this together.  


Sarah x 


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