They say you make time for the things you love. I love my wife, so I make time for her. I love to read, so I make time for reading. And I love to write - but the question is how to make time for writing given how busy my day job is. I believe the answer lies in finding efficiencies and looking for writing time when it's not obvious. For several months, I've been working every morning before my wife gets up, knocking out anywhere from a half hour to an hour of writing-related work before getting ready and dashing off to work.
This past week I was out of town at a conference for work, and I found slower times during the speaking sessions that allowed my mind to work out details and plans for my new superhero series, Re-Do. I kept a notebook so I could jot notes down from the conference in the front and notes from the comics series in the back. Believe it or not, I was able to fully focus on the speakers and still get some quality work done on the series.
As my day job is about to get busier and my life will have even less time, I realized that one long stretch of wasted time is my commute to and from work. I life about 45 minutes away from where I work at Ft. Bragg, leaving me with a minimum of an hour and a half of dead time that I usually fill in with talk radio, music, or mentally working out story elements. This week it dawned on me that I can do the actual writing without having my computer or notebook with me.
I have a digital audio recorder that's been in my desk for a couple years now. My plan is to take it with me and record page, panel, and dialogue as if I'm at my desk writing. Then, when time permits, I'll sit down and input it all into the computer. In fact, the moment I sit to actually begin writing will be my first time to edit, refining the work as it's being entered.
If it turns out how I'm hoping, this should be a significant boost to my writing time and will help keep me on the pace I'm hoping to keep. I'll let you know how this experiment goes in a future blog. And if you know of more ways to be more efficient, I'd love to hear them.