Writing tips: if you’ve no time to scribble get your mind buzzing

Writing, Writing Thoughts


Sometimes I don’t have time to write. Even five minutes. But with this tip you can make progress on whatever it is you are scribbling without even committing a word to paper or screen!

I’ve found that if even once in a week I engage with the thing I’m writing, whether blog or fiction, things for church or whatever, by reading back a paragraph, having a look at my plans or having a quick wonder on a bus, the rest of the week I will find myself quietly and frequently having ideas pop up out of nowhere.

Which mean that when I come to actually do some writing, it’s much easier! Of course, it helps to note the ideas down as otherwise they may well get forgotten – I carry a tiny notebook, or often will just put notes on my phone.

I always find that I can write things much better after they’ve been swirling around in my head for a few days. Even if I change all the ideas that I had a thousand times!

So there you are! Even if you don’t have time to sit and scribe make contact with your text and you’ll find it easier next time you do!

Check out my other writing tips:

Write with pals

Just five minutes

Read aloud

5 thoughts on “Writing tips: if you’ve no time to scribble get your mind buzzing

  1. Yep, I have to write a presentation for work every now and then. I find the best way to work is:-
    1. Plan to take about 3 days to write something great
    2. Do loads of other work (but like you say, I am secretly thinking about the presentation)
    3. When it gets to the last possible moment to write the thing before it’s too late, out it all pops :)

    Disclaimer: this is not actually the way to write anything, it is just the way life is sometimes…

  2. Yeah, sometimes that works and sometimes I have this brilliant idea that will change the universe. So I built a couple of houses then helped a friend work on restoring a classic car from the ground up, aaaand figured out why cats don’t like dogs. Then I listened to you and wrote it all down on my phone. One problem is I saved it and then promptly knocked it in the toilet.

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