Finding time to write is always tricky – so many of us have a regular job to go to, a family to take care of and friends that occasionally require attention (!) – but I don’t believe that anyone can genuinely claim not to be able to find twenty minutes in their day. Of course it’s true that no one who loves writing fiction would actually choose to produce a novel in 20 minute sections. It’s definitely not the most productive or easiest way to work, but it does get the job done if that’s the only choice you have.
Here’s a quick-look list of writerly tasks you can easily squeeze in between everything else that needs doing. Please feel to add more suggestions in the comments – I just wrote this in twenty minutes!
- draft a buzz blog
- Edit a blog
- Update/write your bio on your blog, Twitter, LinkedIn and/or Facebook
- Make a meme and share it (try free sites like memedad.com that are super easy to use)
- Draw and label one of your characters
- Map out a section of your story
- Research (actually having a twenty minute limit can be helpful and stop you going off on tangents)
- Review/edit a chapter
- Plot a short story
- Draft a cover letter (but never send it until it’s been redrafted, edited, subbed, etc etc – you’re after perfection here)
- Work on your synopsis
- Study an agent’s submission guidelines
- Submit to an agent – if you’re ready, why not? (must take my own advice some day!)
- Make notes for your book’s thank you page (it helps to dream positively and actively prepare for print!)
- Take the time to go through each of your Social Media platforms and like, respond, comment, share – anything that actively engages in a positive way with your followers
- Just write! Even if it’s just a few paragraphs (though it could be as much as 500words when you get into it!)
Who am I to say all this? Truth? No one really, but I genuinely hope it helps and in case you need me to justify myself, here’s the bio: Melissa Kay is mum of two, spent ten years as an English teacher and works as a copywriter. She is a sometimes single parent (due to a travelling husband) and attempts to occasionally take photos, travel, have fun and see friends. She’s been published (mostly in magazines and newspapers, but also short stories and – most recently – a picture book), over almost twenty years and her YA novel was shortlisted for the SCBWI’s Undiscovered Voices 2016.