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Everyone needs time to relax. Sometimes life is so busy that we don't take the time to relax and we get burned out. However, most people don't live their entire lives in that manner. Many people claim that they don't have time to do X, Y, or Z but when you sit down with them you find that they watch 1-2 hours of TV every night, play golf every Saturday ...


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When looking for tools like these, future-compatibility is a very big issue. First off, try to avoid any tools that have their own proprietary format and can't be edited using any other tool (look what happened to many 80s document files which were written using their own editors and the editors suddenly just vanished). Microsoft Office is also one such ...


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By no means is it super intense, but Scapple is a very streamlined graphing/charting/mind mapping application. IMO faster to use than anything similar. As a bonus it's by the developers of Scrivener so there's some compatibility there. http://www.literatureandlatte.com/scapple.php


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I do the same as you: I balance working a full time job, family and professional writing. Except I write freelance journalism rather than books. I imagine that does make my life a bit simpler because it's easier to dip in and out of short-form writing, plus I get a stead stream of commission payments as motivation. I do the majority of my writing in lunch ...


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John Grisham went to work half an hour earlier to have half hour lunch breaks during which he wrote his first novel. Toni Morrison got up early and wrote before her children woke up. Another writer, I forget who, wrote their first novels in the breaks between classes while being a teacher. I write on the train while I commute. Get The Clockwork Muse by ...


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Being at home was my worst enemy - getting out of the house helped tremendously. I'd go to Starbucks, drive to the beach or just go across the street and eat at Panera Bread. Since I had most of my story in my head I didn't need WiFi (which could be a distraction) and just needed a full charge on my laptop.


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For established writers, consistency is important. For new writers, just writing is. The biggest problem, as you say is prioritising the time in order to actually write rather than do other things. I, myself often say that I'll write in my lunch hours but by the time I've had my food, checked Twitter and done a bit of browsing, I only leave myself 20 ...


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I have a full time job and small children, so I feel your pain. There are a combination of things that keep me writing: Break the seal: Commit to some very minimal amount of daily writing (for example 15 minutes or half a page). It's easier to force yourself to do something that small. Once you are doing that consistently, it will be easier to work ...



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