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Creativity coach, writing and creative process instructor, speaker, author of Around the Writer's Block: Using Brain Science to Write the Way You Want (Penguin/Tarcher 2012) and Dancing in the Dragon's Den (Red Wheel Weiser), Teaching Artist at the Loft Literary Center.

No Time to Write — Really?

too busyPerhaps the most common belief that creates invisible resistance is “I don’t have time to write.”

Simple Solution

Give up the expectation that you need large blocks of time to write. Remember the power of 15 Magic Minutes.

You will get far more accomplished showing up for your 15 Magic Minutes four or five times a week (or even three times a week) than you ever will waiting for the day when you’ll have hours of unscheduled time.

Yes, sometimes you do want and perhaps even need more than 15 minutes, but I’m not saying you have to stop at 15 minutes. On the days when you think you don’t have time to write, keep it simple: find just 15 minutes.

Deeper Issue

If you think the simple solution can’t work for you today, I have to ask “Really? Really?”

15-minutes-300x300In the hours and minutes left in today, you can’t find 15 minutes to show up for your writing?

Is that true or is that a story you’re telling yourself?

I’ve become aware (again) of how often I tell myself the story of how I’m so busy. I always honor my 15 minute commitment to Product Time, but I often believe it when I tell myself I don’t have enough time for other things.

The truth is I choose who and what to spend my time on or with. I can’t choose everything; I have to set priorities. Some days I just plain want more – more time to do more of the things I want to do. Telling myself I don’t have enough time on these days is actually greed disguising itself as scarcity.

If you’re telling yourself the story about how you don’t have time to write, put the words of that inner dialogue on the page or screen. Instead of spending time thinking about how you can’t write, write about how you can’t write.

What will you give time to today? Do you really want all those activities to be higher on your priority list than your writing? Are you making time for what you most value?

time is now canstockphoto6829263 (2)Truly

If you really, truly can’t find 15 minutes, find 10 minutes. If you can’t find 10, find 5 minutes.

If you seriously can’t find 5 minutes in the rest of today, why are you reading this blog? Go write now.

This blog will be here, unchanged, tomorrow. But the thoughts and images bouncing around in your head right now will not. Capture them while you can.

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4 Comments on “No Time to Write — Really?”

  1. Cia McAlarney November 22, 2013 at 8:17 pm #

    Rosanne you are amazing. It is impossible to dodge writing time if you stick to this idea. Or perhaps you could just write longer comments…


    • rosannebane November 25, 2013 at 10:05 am #

      Thanks Cia!
      If you’re breaking a long silence, even long comments is good practice. You, of course, are no longer breaking a long silence — congrats!


  2. Joel D Canfield November 22, 2013 at 3:57 pm #

    Even though it is, indeed, the most common excuse, I have yet to hear a single believable instance of “I don’t have time to write.”

    Most folks living in the Western world have a modicum of discretionary time. It is, as you say, a matter of how we choose to use it.



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