Using a Calendar to Write

I use a timer when I write. I sit down, set the timer for thirty minutes, and write. I write whatever comes into my head. It works well for me. Finding time to do that is a little harder. You can use an on-line calendar, outlook, your phone’s calendar feature, or even an old-fashioned paper appointment book. However, you need to use something to show what times you are busy with things other than writing. Finding time to write sounds easy and it really is, up to a point. All you have to do enter your information in the calendar of your choice, hour by hour, or by the half or quarter-hours, depending on how you day is cut up. Be sure to include any travel or prep time in your calendar. Then see where the blanks are and tentatively schedule writing time for those times. You’d be surprised how quickly it adds up. You may find that, if you squeeze some items, you can extend the time that you have to write.

First, pick a day. Mark off the time when you absolutely cannot spend time writing. Then look to see where there may be ten or fifteen minutes where you could write something. After that, you look to see where things you can rearrange time to give you a longer block of time. once you have identified the possible times you can write, you need to determine how many of those times are feasible times to write. once you have done that for a particular day, try doing it for a week, you will see the time per week climb after a while. if you make your writing as portable as possible, you should be able to find plenty of time to write anywhere you have free time.

Make an appointment with yourself to spend some time writing. Then sit down at the appointed time and write. That’s all there is too it. it’s easy enough. After all, in the end all you have to do is write. Set a timer, the way that I do, to set the time down. I use a nice little program on my computer called cool timer. It’s from Harmony Hollow Software and I find it very useful. It’s something that you can download from that link for free, they do ask for donations, but it’s a good little program and so useful as well.

That’s all there is to do it. The calendar will hold your appointment with yourself as long as you need it. Then do the same thing for the entire week or even month. That way, you will have plenty of time to write. That’s the goal after all.



I am not one who is comfortable talking about myself but here goes. I enjoy writing, family history, and reading. I decided to do this blog because I wanted to try something new. I decided to make it a weekly blog because I wasn't sure that I could keep up with a daily one, and monthly seemed like I was writing a magazine. I think I did ok with my choices. You'll notice that there are not a lot of graphics on my site. That's because there are graphics plastered everywhere on the Internet and those sites sometimes take forever to load. This blog is a place where you can kick back, relax and be ready to be amused. At least I hope I willbamuse you. This blog is on a variety of subjects from my ficitional cat agency, the FFL, which is monthly, to instructional blogs to editorials, which are my opinions only. I admit that I don't know everything and could be wrong -- I frequently am. Now, stop reading about me and read what I have to say!

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