If you write only at your computer, you’re wasting time! How do I know? Because shortly after starting my first novel, I realized if I waited for a quiet moment at the computer, it would take me years to get the thing done. I was toiling as a bank VP’s assistant, lo those many moons ago, and figured if I took a pen and paper with me, writing could be done during the 40-minute subway ride to work. At lunch, out for a walk, whatever, I could get a paragraph here, a page there, and they’d all add up.
Then there were those (frequent) occasions when I had quiet time with my computer, but absolutely zero inspiration to write anything. That’s when I pulled out all those hastily scribbled pages from subway, lunch and park bench, and retyped them into the computer, revising and editing as I went. I wrote my first novel, 100,000 words, in eight months using the “anywhere, anytime” method.
Take a pen and paper with you, just as an experiment, and see if inspiration doesn’t strike in a place you’d least expect. You can chop months, even years, off the time it takes to complete something. All it takes is a pen and paper with you at all times.
Please leave a comment here if you have any tips on the best way to utilize time. I’d love to hear it!