When you first decide to try your hand at being a writer, it can be a scary jump into the unknown. The best solution to facing those uncertainties is to dip your toes into the writing waters and go at it in your spare time.
Identify Your Free Time
The first step to becoming a writer in your free time is to first identify when you actually do have free time. Keep an activity log of what you do each day. Include weekdays and weekends.
When you are not at work, what are you doing? How much of your time is spent on busy work (things you do to keep busy, but are really time wasters). How much time do you waste watching television?
Examine how you are using your free time and cut out non-essential activities to make room for writing.
As a writer, you need to set priorities. Obviously, your children should be your number one priority. Your regular job would be another priority.
What are your priorities as a writer? How important is it that you write your book or make the transition from being a whatever you are in your job to being a full-time writer?
If your desire to write a book or earn a full-time income from writing is strong, you have to acknowledge writing as one of your top priorities. It’s above watching television and screwing around on Facebook.
After you’ve established writing as one of your priorities, the next step is to set goals. What do you want to accomplish as a writer? If your goal is to write a book, great! If your goal is to earn a full-time living from writing, fabulous! Set your goals and write them down.
Choose a Word Count
As a spare time writer, you will have a shorter daily word count than a full-time writer. I am a full-time writer and I have my daily word count set at 4,000 words a day. A part-time writer can have a word count of 500 words a day, depending on how much time is devoted to writing each day.
Create a Writing Schedule
Finally, create a writing schedule or add writing time into your schedule. If you have a day planner, use that to schedule a block or two of time in for writing. If you can’t get a full, solid hour in for writing in one lump, find two 30 minute blocks and schedule in your writing for those times.
Be creative. If you commute to work on a bus or train, use your commute time to plot out your book. Waiting time in the office can be used to write. Bathroom time, why not?
If you’re goal is to write full time, start making it an integral part of your life right now.