Today will be short because it’s Friday and Fridays are busy at Yale: I have meetings—or preparation for meetings—from 9:00 am to 6:30 pm. How to write when you have no time? How to write when you are too busy?
Easy: Write less and start earlier.
Writing Tip 7: Too Busy? Get up earlier or stay up later. Do less.
I just finished thirty minutes of quick revisions. I found the time because I woke up 30 minutes earlier. Joan Bolker has a book: Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day: A Guide to Starting, Revising, and Finishing Your Doctoral Thesis. I used to think the idea of doing a thesis with only 15-minutes a day, every day, was insane. Real writers need long stretches of uninterrupted free time—weekends, summer holidays, post-docs, and late nights—to write. Don't they? I used to say, "I can’t write because I'm too busy."
I’ve come to think the secret to productive writing is to do a little, each day. Everyone has 15 minutes a day.
The hard part is starting.
(Of course, the two days I didn’t write since January 1, 2106 were the 48-hours I was looking after my son solo: Child-care might be an exception.)