Writing Exercises: "Before, During, and After Work - Grab Your Writing Time When You Can"

I know what you're thinking: this topic is already reaching the point of surpassing how many times we've tackled journal writing. I know, but as I've mentioned dozens of times before: developing this habit of writing whenever you can is extremely important. I'm sure by now you're gathering this by the many times this topic has appeared so let's dive right in.

In this chapter, Greaney explains a three step process every successful writer has acclimatized to in one way or the other. Said processes involves the following steps:

1) Writers must accept and embrace the reality of competing demands of their working lives (because acceptance is the first step).

2) Whether the writing happens in the evening, morning, on the ride to work or in the bedroom, writers must establish a writing habit that works for them.

3) In addition to to scheduled writing habits, each writer must be alert for any brief moments that present themselves throughout the work day.

But you already know all this because you've read or done this all before. So what is there to take from this blog post? Well I'll tell you: mostly the learning that comes from repetition, advice on honoring your commitments, and not just your writing commitments. The thing here to understand is, although its great to find times in your day to write, never do this if it'll distract you from work. Obvious right? Now, I state this obvious fact because what is important here is to get into another very important habit: honoring your multiple commitments. Still obvious but bare with me.

Getting into this habit (you guessed it) is beneficial to your writing, but more importantly it is beneficial to helping you figure out how to balance your life as you transition into your daily writing schedule.​ he next habit you should be developing here is writing on your lunch time.

Take if from me, lunch breaks are not long by any means but I always make sure I use a quick five minutes (of a twenty to thirty minute break) to at least to make a chicken-scratch list of things to write later. Whether you are writing yourself a prompt, outlining a quick chapter or premise for a short story, make sure you start utilizing your lunch breaks as writing time.

Remember to honor your commitments by separating your writing time with your work time, letting them blend can get you into trouble if you're not careful. Utilize your break times as writing time (no matter how brief) to stay on the safer side. Developing this habit is key to ensuring you have time for your writing life without affecting the one that is already in place.

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