Finding the time to write.

This is one of the most complex challenges I’m facing and last week was a disaster, so time to change it up.

I’m sat here in the dark. It is 5:54am in the morning and I’m about to start writing. My wife and daughter are asleep upstairs, I’ve just snuck out of the room and crept about the house like the most talented cat burglar. I’d set out my coffee cup and cleared my computer desk last night in preparation of this morning, in what might be the beginnings of a ritual. I’m four days deep now in the early writing.

Last week, I tried the time slot of 3pm till 5pm as the window to sit down and write. Seemed like a good idea to me. I’d get all my usual work tidied up and sorted out during the day. My daughter would be there and having fun and between myself and my wife, we agreed that that would be the time for me to write.

Great, that was it then, that was my writing window. Good plan. Bad foundation.

I’d approached the midday slot with a little bit of hesitancy and almost immediately the timetable was in disarray. The fact of my almost three year old daughter banging on the office door, singing Lion King, was not to be ignored. I am first and foremost a parent, everything else is secondary.

β€œIt starts with this: put your desk in the corner, and every time you sit down there to write, remind yourself why it isn’t in the middle of the room. Life isn’t a support system for art. It’s the other way around.”

  • Stephen King

The impulse to write does not integrate well with overtired children, people knocking on the door, overdue works or help needed with other projects. The afternoon slot failed miserably. Thus, setting that week behind me (and the sum of less than 700 words total being a far cry from my expected word count), I’ve taken the plunge to add an extra hour or so to my days for the next ten months. And possibly my lifetime, if I start to write more.

This is what I have to do to achieve this goal. When the alarm pings in the dark and I open my eyes, there is a question to answer. Am I a writer? So far, I’ve been making it one day at a time. And yes, I am.

It’s Day 44 of 365.

Thanks for reading

– Tom

By | 2018-03-26T15:30:27+00:00 March 16th, 2017|How To Write A Book, Month Two, Year One|2 Comments

About the Author:

I'm thirty five this year and for work I run my own small website/digital design business. I have a best friend and luckily she is also my wife. This is all capped off with our three year old daughter, who is the greatest/messiest thing ever. I'm writing One Book One Year to kick my own ass into gear with a long term dream, otherwise I'll never do it.


  1. Will March 29, 2017 at 7:29 am - Reply

    I appreciate your problem – my solution – if you have time – is to always have a pad/phone to jot down ideas, phrases etc during the day. They may be used at any stage of the ( emerging novel) – which will be judged not neccesarily on its plot but the readability on a day to day basis. A turning phrase is worth its weight in gold. Another silly idea is to have like a chess clock which you start ( at any time) and stop when you are at the desk – if you want to keep a check of timing?

    • Tom March 30, 2017 at 6:18 am - Reply

      There’s a few different note books building – small notes in the phone, one physical ones too. Find myself jotting down notable sensory cues at the moment, to remember for later on in the book. With time, I think it is vital to have focus. I’ve only the one window open on the computer and sit down for the whole time, without opening anything else. It’s working πŸ™‚ Just passed the first 5k.

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