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Thursday, October 15, 2015

How much time do you need?

So how much time is enough time to actually sit down and get some decent writing done?

This is a question that will have more correct answers than anyone ever thought. For this post however, I will only look at myself.

So how much time is good for me. Yes, I have had those days where I have sat at my laptop and clicked away on the keys for six or more hours at a time. I have also had those days that I sit there and stare at the screen for an hour without doing a dang thing. Those days we won’t count. I am an aspiring novelist with a household full of people. I am also the stay at home father so I spend a fair portion of my time running kids around to school related functions and any and all appointments the kids need to get to. It is rare that I have week where there is not at least two of the three weekdays that I don’t have something I have to do for them. Weekends are almost out of the question for my writing since there are five kids in the house. Add to that it is football season and yeah, not going to get any done on the weekends.

So where is my goldilocks zone? I believe it is somewhere around 3 hours. If I have at least a 3 hours block with nothing else going on I can get myself into a good writing rhythm. Under 2 hours and I consistently feel like I need to be wrapping it up soon. Therefore, preventing me from getting into the “zone”. I can’t force myself to write. It’s just not something I can do. If I don’t feel it, then it just won’t happen. It took me a while to learn that one. If I pass the 4 hour mark when writing, my mind begins to wonder off. Either other story ideas or something about the kids. So for me I would have to say 3 hours. That is what I need to actually sit down and write. What about you?

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