Two of the biggest mistakes you can make when trying to start writing is
But the truth is both of these are going to get you into trouble.
And ultimately, setting you up to fail.
All you really need is an hour a week.
First of all, you've got a life, right? You've got kids, a spouse, a full-time job or business you've gotta run, bills to pay, and friends you love to see and who keep you sane.
But writing every day is not practical. I was told when I was a new mom to squeeze writing in every day where I can—5 minutes here, 9 minutes there. Whatever I could get.
It never happened.
I'll be honest, you're probably better off spending those 5 to 10 minutes catching up on laundry. (Or trying to take a nap.)
About the only people I know who have time to write every day are full-time professional writers. Who are men.
Now, the second part of this obstacle to writing is the dream we have to go off for a period of time to sleep, rejuvenate, be alone, and write.
Again, I love ya for thinking this way. But it's still a crutch. You still need to make time in your everyday life to write, for two reasons:
Thinking you need a miraculous weekend of writing might actually have the opposite and adverse results. For one, you haven't had enough regular practice to know how and what to write while you're gone. You could end up writing nothing or something "terrible" and come back more frustrated than before. Also, locking yourself away actually comes later in the writing process.
However, I will say this: For whatever reason (whether it is innate or cultural), women are binge writers. Therefore, we have to find a happy medium between writing every day and deserting our family. (Because, let's be honest, would you really come back? Just kidding.)
Here's the secret I use to make time to write—all while having a 2-year-old son, a husband, and a business of my own.
And it all comes down to 25 minutes of writing.