How I wrote 5K words with no time at all.

Writing time is sacred. That was my #writertip this week.

So, what do you do when there is no time? Simple – you find time. 

Note that I don’t say make time. Nobody makes time. If you don’t have enough time then you need to find some, and I’m going to explain how l did that. First though, I’m going say that I am assuming that you don’t have some time consuming hobby taking up a bunch of your time. If you do, think about whether you enjoy that more than writing. What do you want more? Because nobody is going to publish the things you are thinking about writing. End lecture.

If you’re still with me, let’s talk about squeezing an extra hour out of the bog standard 24.

Right now, I’m writing this blog. I’m also watching Supernatural in my lounge with my wife. I’ve made my writing life completely portable and the results have been amazing.

In the last week I’ve written multiple blog posts and put five thousand words onto the book I’m working on right now. I haven’t sat down at my desk once.

Going mobile with your writing

First thing you need to do is move your writing into the cloud. Take your pick of platforms; Google Drive, Office Online, Dropbox, Evernote… Personally I use Google Drive – it has great offline support and works on everything. I also Evernote but more as a scrapbook and for notes. My blog runs on WordPress.

What all these platforms have in common is simple

  1. They run and store data in the cloud.
  2. They have apps with offline access for Android/iOS.

Next, grab yourself an inexpensive tablet. (Because an expensive one is unnecessary – if you really want one, crack on). Do make sure it has a decent battery, specs beyond that are an unimportant.

Now, get yourself set up with the apps that go with your chosen platform and install a good keyboard application. The stock Android keyboard is decent, but I prefer the handwriting recognition keyboard from Google and a stylus. Amazon do a basic stylus for less than £10.

And… You’re good to go. That’s it.

For the next week, you and that tablet are going to be inseparable. Have it with you at meal times. Have it with you when you watch TV. Take it to bed, wake up with it. Lunch time in work. Break time in work. Learn to write with one eye on the hob when you’re cooking.

What you write won’t be flawless, but that’s what edits are for. You’ll have words – actual written words with zero hours locked away in front of your keyboard. I’m a very fast typist and 5K words would normally only take me a few hours but in a week when I had “no time to write” it feels like a very respectable tally indeed.

A productive writer writes wherever and wherever they can. #writetip

And yes, you can do all of this on a mobile phone too if you really want to!