No time to write? Here's how to write in life's stolen moments – those moments you could write, if only you'd made some preparations: your lunch hour, while waiting for your child to finish piano practice etc.
Writing in stolen moments takes a little planning. Firstly, you need to make your current writing projects portable in some way. Many writers write in paper notebooks. Others print out their work, and stuff the typescript into a folder or a bag, then write on the back of the typescript and on loose-leaf paper. Some writers prefer laptop computers, or the AlphaSmart. I love Palm handhelds; I've been using a Palm handheld computer to write wherever and whenever for many years.
Next, decide what you're going to work on. If you don't plan to work on Project X or Project Y, you'll spend five minutes doodling. Take along a couple of projects. If you don't feel like working on an article, you may feel like working on a short story. Some writers simply designate "spare" writing as brainstorming time, or journaling time.
I take along any project which I seem to have stalled on. I find that writing away from my office frees me up enough so that I can relax and find fresh angles in my work.
As well as your preparation, you need to develop the right attitude. Relax. Don't make demands on yourself. Writing in public feels a bit odd the first few times you do it, after that, you no longer care. You simply get on with it. It's a good idea to tell yourself that as soon as you open your computer or your notebook, you'll start writing, even if it's only a letter to yourself about the project.
There you go. Now, what are you waiting for? Got five minutes? Get writing.