Free Unfettered Time – is it a Boon or a Curse for a Writer?

“If only I had a nice long expanse of free time, unencumbered by the responsibilities and constraints of my job and family….then I’d be able to really settle into my writing and complete my novel!”

I have heard or said something similar to this on many occasions. Jack Nicholson’s character in The Shining is convinced he will realize his writing dreams when he quits his day job and becomes the winter caretaker at a closed resort in the mountains. When he gets there however, he spends most of his time in bed and wasting time.

If you are fortunate enough to obtain the mythical perfect window of unfettered writing time, you may find outthat making good use of it is not as easy as it seemed in your fantasies. Everyone is different, but is often true for blocked writers that a certain amount of structure facilitates the writing.

You will be more productive in the long run if you challenge the belief that you ‘need’ long, unscheduled chunks of time in order to write. This is especially true if you never have long, unscheduled chunks of time in your life. Teach yourself to use the gaps in your otherwise busy day to get a few words down – they add up.

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About David Arnot Rasch

Author, psychologist, speaker, workshop leader
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