Having The Time To Write

having the time to write

After spending the last four months writing full-time since I’ve moved to self-employment I truly understand why writers sequester themselves into cabins or villas overseas to write their latest novel or book of poetry. Because having the time to write without interruption, with the ability to sit and think, is crucial to complete your work.

Why Having The Time To Write Is So Crucial

For the vast majority of my adult working life I had to find the time to fight to find the time to sit down and write. Working a full-time job with commuting and then having to do chores around the house sucked up most of my energy. Even when I did have a day off I spent it recuperating than writing. And I had to force myself to sit down and complete a chapter or two, or go through the last bit of writing and edit it.

Comparing my writing life then to what is now, where I have a vast amount of time to sit down and think and plot and write, I’m a much better writer now. That’s why having the time to write is so crucial. The act of writing isn’t just sitting down before a pad of paper or a computer, but the ability to sit around and think without disruption.

I’m not saying a writer can’t be a good one if he or she has to work a job or take care of their family. Many in the past had to and wrote masterpieces. What I’m saying is that it’s wonderful to have large swaths of uninterrupted time to dedicate to writing, and I think it would do some writers well if they could implement this in their lives somehow.

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Naomi P Lane
6 months ago

I only started writing when I retired from my full-time teaching job of thirty years, so I know what you mean. I was simply too exhausted at the end of the day to do any writing. I know some people get up early to write, but I’ve always needed lots of sleep, so this wasn’t an option. It’s a difficult balancing act to be sure.