Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Finding Time to Write

Time—where can I find more of it to write? Let's face it, everyone is busy. Most people feel as though there aren’t enough hours in the day to do everything. This is even more true for writers who have a day job. We can't make more hours in the day, so we have to use them more

The best suggestion I can give to writers pressed for time is this—buy a tape recorder. That way you can "write" your articles, short stories or novel while commuting to work, cooking dinner or waiting for the kids to get out of school.

This often-unused time is valuable. A lot of people misuse this time by simply doing nothing, time when they are awake and focused. Then they stay up night after night trying to get their writing done, struggling to stay awake.

If you don’t want to type later on you have two routes to choose from.

1. Hire someone. College kids are often good sources of cheap typist labor. If you don’t want to pay you may be able to convince a helpful friend or family member to be your typist. (Just remember not to abuse the privilege if you choose this route.)

2. Buy a voice recognition program. Set up the tape to play directly into the microphone. Bear in mind this method requires a clear recording and a quiet room.

This method can be an adjustment, especially if you’re not used to being recorded, but the advantages are well worth it.


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