How to Make Time for Writing Your Book
Procrastination is a big problem for busy writers! All too often, we are consumed with the tasks of the day at hand, and it’s easy to put our writing plans on the back burner. And once this occurs, it can slip into a regular pattern as we find more and more excuses not to sit at our desk, stretch our fingers, and get back to writing!
But if you have a dream, and a story to share, writing should never be pushed back as your last priority.
Does it seem like there are just not enough hours in the day to get everything accomplished?
Is your writing suffering as a result?
Consider these tips on how to make time to write.
It may be hard to sit in front of the computer for an hour or two every few days, but what about for just 20 minutes?
One of the habits of a successful writer is that they write regularly, and often. This way, the content and the story stays fresh in your mind, and you are always working on mastering your craft.
So instead of focusing on the daunting task of writing multiple hours per week, whittle it down to just a small portion of the day. Even 20-30 minutes of writing will go a long way in finishing your final book!
Have you ever noticed that it’s easier to stick to things that are “on the schedule?”
Whether it’s an exercise class or a daily meeting at the office, having a schedule helps ensure you’re on time and ready to go.
So apply this to your writing, too! Set a few times per week where you’ll be at your computer for writing, and don’t let other tasks interfere with your designated “writing time”.
It can be easy to put off writing at times, simply because the goal can seem so distant.
But considering that you want to share your story, and creating your own book is your ultimate dream, this should always be at the forefront of your mind!
Envision your goal, and the feeling of accomplishment you’ll get when you see your words in black and white. By keeping your goal as a focal point, you’ll be able to concentrate on the benefits of making time to write!
For some authors, inspiration comes in snippets.
You may be at home, at work, or even on your commute when you have that “aha!” moment of a brilliant character twist, a new way to chronicle a turning point, or just a unique turn of phrase that adds color to your work. Make a voice memo or jot it down quickly!
Don’t ignore these stray thoughts!
Find little moments of quiet time to think about your book, and how it can be enhanced in both big and small ways. Having made a note earlier, you can add it when you’re in front of the computer.
Sometimes the best way to find time to write is to find inspiration.
With my upcoming three-day live event, Book Bound By The Sea, you can immerse yourself in the craft and obtain all the tools you need to successfully share your story with the world.
Coming up on January 25-27, this in-depth event is a great way to surround yourself with learning and meeting other writers ready to share their story too.