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Finding Time To Write Your Novel

Océane Guerin

Writing takes a lot of hard work, and sometimes it can be difficult to find time to be able to finally put those words down on paper (or screen, if you prefer to write electronically). While you might not be able to sit down for hours and do nothing but write, using a few small tips to be able to write whenever you can will make the writing process go faster than you might expect.

1. Write while traveling

If you commute using public transportation, this is a great time to be able to write a few words. You can bring your laptop or even just use your smart phone. Even if it only takes fifteen minutes to get to work, those fifteen minutes every day will add up to a significant amount of writing. Write on airplanes on vacations or on the way to business events. Write while waiting for the bus. If you get motion sickness and can't write or drive everywhere you go, you can still use the time to brainstorm ideas so that when you will be ready to go when you sit down to write after work.

2. Use a dictation machine

If your hands get tired or you have a hard time sitting down and writing, consider investing in good dictation equipment. You can dictate your words while you do quiet activities such as folding laundry or organizing your home. 

3. Write early in the morning or late at night

If you have lots of distractions during the day, see if you can get up an hour early or stay up an hour later when it is quiet and use that as your writing time. 

4. Do power writes

Sitting down for a long time can be fun, but sometimes you don't have that kind of time. If you have fifteen minutes before you have to leave to go somewhere, instead of browsing social media, try setting a timer and writing until it goes off. That power sprint can add a lot of words to your project and you'll have used your time productively when you might not have otherwise.

5. Write while waiting in line

When you're in line at the pharmacy or grocery store or waiting to see your doctor, pull out your phone and write in those few minutes while you wait. You may not be able to immerse yourself completely into the story, but again that time will add up and you will be closer to finishing your project.

6. Use your lunch break If you have a lunch break, you probably don't spend the whole time eating. Use this time to keep working on your project or to flesh out your plot and characters. For a lot of people, this may be their only break during the day. Using this time as writing time can help you be more productive and finish your novel faster.

Every writer is different, so some of these may work for you while others won't. Whatever your situation, finding just a few minutes of your day to write will help you get your novel finished and put you on your way to success as a writer.  


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giving the gift of gadgets

When it comes to giving my husband gifts, I know that the one thing that I can rarely go wrong with is any kind of electronics. He loves it all - everything from the fancy alarm clocks to home entertainment systems. With so many options to choose from, how do you decide what kind of electronic to get for the person on your gift list? I have learned a lot over the 20 years that I have been doing this and have put together tips and advice that I think will help others find the best gifts for the gadget lover in your life.

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