Sometimes life and writing clashes and you find yourself having to give up something you love doing to make some time. However, this is not necessarily needed. Here are three ways to integrate writing into a busy life:
1) Write for short times
When you have a gap of five minutes, write. Take the opportunity to write a paragraph or two while the spaghetti is cooking.
In the same breath, I should mention that it is good to have longer stretches as well, because getting into the ‘zone’, as they say, requires about twenty minutes of uninterrupted writing. Even so, every few minutes will help you get down the words before they slip your mind.
2) Make notes
Make (either mental or physical) notes on what happens to you. Write down the complicated emotion you’re feeling or a snippet of dialogue that you found interesting. Pick out little details during the course of your everyday life and make note of them. That way, you’re constantly writing without actually writing. (These notes will come in handy later when you write.)
3) Extend your day
Depending on whether you’re a night or morning person, add a few minutes to your day by going to sleep a bit later or getting up a bit earlier (writing before you go to sleep is a good way to let your subconscious work things out, and writing in the morning normally allows for clearer thinking). I’m talking about ten to twenty minutes here, nothing that will mess up your routine too much.