Many writers fall into work that takes them away from writing creatively; whether we work 9-5 as editors, copywriters, retail assistants or teachers, we still call ourselves \u2018writers\u2019 because that\u2019s also our \u2018job\u2019. So how do you keep working your creative profession when you\u2019re already working elsewhere?\r\n\r\nIt can be difficult to find the time or to keep motivated, and many people let their writing fall by the wayside (a writer still needs to eat, right?). But you don\u2019t need to choose one or the other. You can write that novel and work full-time!\r\n1. Wake up earlier\r\nUsing that early morning burst of creativity will do wonders... Image Credit: Pedro Hansson\r\n\r\nThe biggest complaints when trying to write and work are not having enough time and not being motivated. You work all day in the office (or you work from home) and when you\u2019re done you have zero drive to get onto the computer (trawling Twitter and watching Game of Thrones is so tempting). But this is an easy fix.\r\n\r\nMake sure the first thing you do in the day is write. This way, you\u2019re not bogged down by the troubles and stresses of your day-to-day life and the thought of staring at a screen won\u2019t make you want to cry. Set your alarm just an hour earlier than usual (not every day, but two or three days is fine) and write freely and creatively.\r\n\r\nYou\u2019ll be surprised how much you can get done in an hour (my personal record so far is just over 1000 words). It can be difficult to pull yourself out of bed, but remember this at 5.30am:\r\nThe past-you wanted it, the future-you will thank you for it, the present-you can handle it"\r\n2. Find pockets of time\r\nMake the most of pockets of time, like your daily commute...\r\n\r\nIf you commute to work or have appointments during the day, use those pockets of time to focus on creative ideas. Jot down a poem while you\u2019re waiting for your lunch date or have a mental-chat to your character while you\u2019re on the train.\r\n\r\nIf you work from home or you\u2019re seriously strapped for time, you can schedule these pockets in. Force yourself to take five minutes to scribble out your ideas or to do a quick writing exercise (you can schedule these creative breaks for three times a day) and soon enough you\u2019ll be brimming with story plots and snippets of inspiration.\r\n3. Keep reading\r\nReading will keep you inspired to pursue your own writing and creativity...\r\n\r\nDon\u2019t give up on reading just because you\u2019re tired at the end of a long day. Take time out to read, just as you take time out to write. We\u2019re always told that the key to being a good writer is to be a good reader, and picking up a book can be the best way to get inspired and excited about words again.\r\n\r\nRead to enjoy the book, but don\u2019t forget to learn from your experiences.\r\n\r\nUnderline your favourite passages (yes, underline them), focus on the technical elements for a few minutes when you\u2019re done, and be conscious of how you can use your reading to inform your writing (because when you\u2019re time-poor, every little bit counts!).\r\n4. Organise your writing work-life\r\nThere's nothing like organising to make you feel productive... Image Credit: Tumblr\r\n\r\nSo you\u2019ve finally found the time to write but you haven\u2019t picked up a pen or looked at your Word document for ages and you\u2019re stuck on where to start.\r\n\r\nPicking up where you left off can be hard, so organising your writing life the same way you organise your other work is vital (writing is a \u2018job\u2019 after all). Invest in a whiteboard or a good journal to log your ideas and writing activities, and keep detailed notes for your future self.\r\n\r\nYou can also download simple organisational programs online (Trello is my favourite, or Microsoft has OneNote) where you can keep tabs on upcoming competition deadlines or remember whether or not you sent that story to that journal last month.\r\n5. Enjoy different\u00a0creative pursuits\r\nEnjoying other creative pursuits can free your mind up for your writing...\r\n\r\nWriting and reading aren\u2019t the only ways to stay inspired when you\u2019re not feeling creative at the end of the week.\r\n\r\nSpark up your passions again by getting out your pencils or paints. Do some colouring in (it also helps to relieve stress) or get crafty with\u00a0activities like knitting and scrap-booking.\r\n\r\nChanging up a regular writing and reading routine can give you a fresh feel, rejuvenating your muse and giving you new ideas.\r\n\r\nIt\u2019s important to let ourselves go every once in a while, and hands-on creativity can be just the thing to put you in the right headspace to get started on a new story or re-kindle your love for lost characters.