I don’t have time to Write, and you don’t have time either;
I don’t have time to drink beer, and you don’t have time either;
I don’t have time to watch TV, and you don’t have time either;
I don’t have time to read, and you don’t have time either;
I don’t have time to do anything, and you don’t have time either.

I am finishing the edit process of my third novel, I am getting ready to write the fourth one, and I am in the middle of the translation from English to Spanish of my first novel, and like you I have no time to do anything.

I remember when I didn’t have time to write, because I need this perfect set of impossible conditions. In order to write I need it something like what Neil Gaiman’s Gazebo is and a really long time in order to get in the mood, and then things will happen.

What I learn is that I just need to trick my brain, I don’t need the gazebo (even if I drool over the idea) but my brain need to understand when is writing time, and when is playing time.

In my case the answer came in the form of Text Files. Text files offered a couple of things, they don’t allow format, so I can not play with margins, or underlines, or anything, it is just text. Second all computer (Including the iPad and the iPhone and my Mac or a PC) have a text editor, and the files can be email it after (or place in Dropbox that it’s incredible). The cool thing using Text Files is that can’t play, you can only write. There is no tweak, there is no formatting, there is only a place to write. The other thing I learned is that I need to write everyday, because that’s the only way to really have the time. There is no perfect time, some mornings is two hours some is fifteen minutes, some is ten before your eyes close themselves.

The reality is that no one has time to do anything, regardless how much we do daily, because we can only do, what we understand is important, and when get to be important. Until then, you are just calling it important, honestly, it is really different. So like you I don’t have time to Write, and you don’t have time either; and I don’t have time to do anything else, and you don’t have time either.

 

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