A lot of people I’ve met over the years ask me how I found the time to write. It’s a question that I’m often asked yet not fully sure how to answer. I never “find” time to write. I make time. Instead of spending that hour or two most people might spend a day watching television, I instead devote that time to working out the kinks to a story I am working on. I also squeeze in reading at night right before I go to bed because good writers need to be good readers too. I’ve found a lot of inspiration for my stories equally from movies, video games, and books.
So I suppose the best way to answer their question is to say writing is like a relationship. Like anything, you need to be capable of committing time to it. I work nearly 50 hours a week, but I still make time to write. Even if I just open up a project and write a sentence and chew on a few ideas for an hour, it’s still taking that small step in the direction of finishing the story. I find it best to have a good book by your side too. I always read a little bit before I write because it helps my mind wind down from what’s happened throughout the day and focus its attention on being creative and writing narrative.
Everyone is different too. Some authors I know write with music playing in the background. I used to do that, but the lyrics often distract my writing so I’ll only play instrumentals. Then I got out of the habit of doing that and now prefer silence. You have to find that environment that makes you happy and focused. My best advice is to strive to do what I’ve heard another author call the “one word rule”. Every day, open up your story and type a word. Some days you might just do one word while other days you might write a whole page. Sometimes it’s getting the document open and getting into the mindset that people find the most challenging. If you can’t commit to the “one word rule” though, then perhaps writing isn’t for you. You only get better through practice.
Give that a try and see how it works out. Find what motivates you. This applies to anything, not just writing.