I first decided that even writing fifteen minutes a day would be worthwhile. While it doesn't seem like much, after four days, I would have an hour's worth of writing completed. Add it up over the month, and I've accomplished something. I decided that I could finish at least one article or story each month. While this doesn't seem like a fantastic goal, it was a workable one. If I had aimed too high, I would have been frustrated when I didn't achieve my goal.
When I researched a market for the story, I would be sure to find at least three suitable magazines. If the story was rejected the first time out, I would be ready with the next market. This way, a story was always in play. When the first story went out, I started in on the next. It's important to set realistic goals for yourself. You don't want to be trapped in a negative space. It's better to shoot a little lower and achieve higher, than to shoot for a goal you'll never attain.
Carefully consider your own time constraints. When do you have time to write:
- In the morning before work?
- After the kids are in bed at night?
- While the baby is napping?
- During your lunch hour?
- Waiting for your bus?
- During your train or bus ride to work?
- At the dentist or doctor's office?
If you look hard enough, you'll find your fifteen, thirty, or sixty minutes to write.