WRITING TIP: No time to write? Take the one-day challenge.

One-day challenge
When writing seems impossible given all the world’s tasks and distractions, it’s time to take the one-day challenge. Here’s how to do it: right now, find a time tomorrow that is the best time to write and put it on your schedule, even if all you can manage is a 5-minute freewrite while you wait for the coffee to brew. Remind yourself you only have to do it that one day — and do it. Just this once, you can do as Joyce Carol Oates does: “I have forced myself to begin writing when I’ve been utterly exhausted, when I’ve felt my soul as thin as a playing card, when nothing has seemed worth enduring for another five minutes… and somehow the activity of writing changes everything. Or appears to do so.” After you finish writing (while you’re still feeling some sense of accomplishment), decide to take the one-day challenge again and put it on tomorrow’s schedule. Repeat as many times as necessary.