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Busy Writers Can Write A Novel Faster Than Those With Time To Spare

The difference between those who have the time and those that make the time

By Elise L. BlakePublished about a month ago 3 min read
Busy Writers Can Write A Novel Faster Than Those With Time To Spare
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Nobody has free time. 

It's just not a thing anymore with jobs that need to pay the bills, children that always need something, spouses or partners that always need more somethings, friends that want to see you, family that needs something from you, the dogs that need to be walked and petted and everything in between. 

However, if you were to put the novel progress of one of these busy people without a moment to spare against that of someone who has all the time in the world to write. 

You're going to find that the busy writer - got more writing done than the one that had more downtime. 

How? Why? What mystical powers does the busy writer possess that allow them the opportunity to write? Time travel? Body doubles? 

It's actually a few things so mundane they are easily overlooked.


For busy writers, writing isn't just a hobby that they do in their spare time when the stars are aligned and they somehow have an entire thirty minutes to themselves. 

They know that if they try and wait for the perfect moment to write, it will never come. Something will always get in the way. 

The busy writer knows they have to carve out dedicated time for writing or fit it into the places between other tasks or obligations, prioritizing writing when they can. 

The busy writer with only ten minutes to spare each day will type with the speed of light to get as much down in those ten minutes as they can. 


While the writer with all the time in the world may have sporadic bursts of productive writing followed by days or weeks of ignoring their work in process the busy writer develops a consistent practice for writing. 

As soon as they wake up they can spare ten minutes to write before they have to be in the shower or heading out the door and they use those ten minutes every single day. 

The power of building a sustainable writing habit can make a world of difference to writing a novel as you know when you are going to write and you don't have to debate with yourself whether you are going to write or if you are going to open up your social media app of choice and start scrolling. 


Everyone has the ability to write a book no matter how much time they have in their day to dedicate to it. 

We all are given the same twenty-four hours to fit in the tasks that we can or to make space for all the ones we need to. 

You can fit writing into your day in the smallest moments and make these moments matter by thinking about your story even when you can't work on it or making notes in a dedicated notebook until you can next find the time to write. 

Whether you have the time to write or you have to make the time to write - 

Go write. 

Your story is waiting. 

Best of luck! 

With love, 

B. xo xo


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Elise L. Blake

Elise is a full-time writing coach and novelist. She is a recent college graduate from Southern New Hampshire University where she earned her BA in Creative Writing.

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  • Esala Gunathilakeabout a month ago

    Yeah I agree with you. I am such a writer!!

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