How to Maintain Writing with your Day Job

One of the crucial things that writers require and lack is time. With an incomplete novel idling at the desk, writers go through a tremendous pressure of completing it on time and getting it published as well. Now, most first-time authors are not celebrities; they are aspirants who have a powerful story in hand and want to get it out to readers. An average writer is an office-goer, who has to clock in and dedicate nine hours from his everyday life to his job that feeds him at the end of the day. For most writers, completing a book after sweating it out in the office just doesn’t work and they suffer from lack of motivation and creativity to get words flowing.

For some inspiration, know that some of the most successful authors like J. K. Rowling, T. S. Eliot, Virginia Woolf, Harper Lee, Anton Chekhov and more wrote their bestselling masterpieces while retaining their day job. 

Writing Schedule

Wherever you go off the track from writing your book, an effective way by which you can get back to writing is coming up with a writing schedule. Writing every day will keep your thoughts on your plot and story active and ensure there is no difference in the flow when reading. 

Select a different time to write

Sometimes, our day job tends to get the best out of us and all that we want to do after we reach home is just sleep. If this happens a couple of times a week, your book is not going anywhere. So, the best alternative would be to shift your time of writing to morning, preferably early morning. Sit down to write at a time between 5 and 7 in the morning and you will see a drastic difference in your work. As we know, the human mind is the most fresh during the early hours of the day and when you capitalize on that time to pen down your story, the productivity is just going to be optimum. After writing, you can start your routine of getting ready for your day job. Also, make it a point to sleep early in the night so you can wake up early and start off with writing your manuscript.

Have a notepad or an electronic device

Always have a notepad or an electronic device like a tablet with you so you can write on the go. If you have to commute to the office for close to an hour, you can make use of this time to actually work on your book. Also, it happens often that when you travel, some of the novel thoughts strike you. You need to be ready for such instances and immediately document your thoughts. You can then work on incorporating them into your book. Imagine, if you commute for two hours, one to go and one to come back, you can actually make use of this time to write your book. If you have a tablet or a smartphone

Catch up on the weekend

Fix up a writing goal for the month and make sure you finish the number of chapters or the estimated word count you have set in your mind. Just detach from this world on the weekends and get back to writing the two days, undisturbed.

Give up on some things

Until you finish writing your book, give up on these distractions and focus on completing your manuscript alone. More importantly, do not check your office emails when you get back home. An email from your boss will make your attention shift to your office work, marooning your manuscript. You will be surprised to see the amount of time you save when you give up on them. You can then invest the time on writing your book.

Driven by an enthusiasm to write a book, a lot of first-time authors also tend to give up their jobs and regret it later. Personally, I know a couple of my friends who quit their day job and decided to write a book. The result was something contrary to what they intended they couldn’t complete the book and they failed to be financially stable as well. So, if you feel somewhere between your job and your personal life, your dream has taken a hit or if you are looking forward to managing your time effectively so you could dedicate your time to write your book and retain your day job as well, here are some tips on how you can balance your day job with your writing.

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