10 Ways Busy People Can Write Every Day
We get it, you’re busy. You want to write and to be more creative, but you literally don’t have the time.
Or do you? Spoiler: of course you do.
Because you don’t need hours or weeks of spare time to commit to writing. You can write your next masterpiece or make someone’s day in ten minutes, in a sentence, in a single word.
Just find ten minutes. It might not be enough time to write a novel or a new blog post, but it’s a start. You’ll be surprised how much you can cram into such a short space of time if you set your mind to it. And if you’re anything like me, even the act of writing (no matter how tiny), will instantly make you feel more inspired and productive.
Ready to welcome more creativity in your life? Here are a few quick writing ideas you can fit into each day.
1 ) Write a thank you note
It can be a text, an email, a tweet – or better yet, an actual handwritten note. Buy some fancy stationery and make a point of writing/and sending a short note out once a week to someone who deserves it. You’ll tick off some random acts of kindness too.
2 ) Start a gratitude journal
Grab a blank notebook and before you go to bed, get into the habit of writing one thing you’re grateful for that day. It can be big, like having a warm, safe home to live in, or small, like the fact that you can eat breakfast for dinner and nobody can stop you.
3 ) Write a super short story
Flash fiction is quick, fun and perfect for commitment-phobes. You can jump right in without having to worry about things like plot or character development or what’s actually going to happen at the end. I tend to write up to 500 words a go, but there aren’t any limits. Here are some quick writing prompts to get you started.
4 ) Write a love letter
To your real (or imaginary) sweetheart. To your favourite blogger, author, restaurant, bar, hotel or brand. Whoever deserves some love.
5 ) Write one sentence a day
No rules here – just write one single sentence a day. It’s up to you what you want to do with them.
6 ) Write 10 new ideas
Brainstorm 10 new blog post/book ideas each day. Go back and cross out any dreadful ones, circle ones you can work with.
7 ) Write fan fiction
I know fan fiction has a bad rep, but like I’ve admitted before, I’m a believer. It’s an excellent way to get yourself out of a writing rut and inspire your next story. Just pick your favourite book/film and write a scene for those characters. You can keep them in their current world or mix things up – what would Wuthering Heights be like if it was set in 2050? How would Harry Potter work if Harry was a girl? What would happen if Mr Darcy was secretly in love with Mr Bingley? Set yourself a 15-minute timer and go for it.
8 ) Write your love list
Write one new thing you love about someone special each day. Then give them the list. If you want to give as a gift you could fill a mason jar with a hundred different reasons on slips of paper, or write them out in a fancy journal along with photos of the two of you.
9 ) Write a confession
It’s up to you whether you actually send it or not.
10 ) Write a letter to your future self
Go to futureme.org and send a letter to the future. It can be for a week’s time, a year or ten.