Day 14 – I Don’t Have Time!

14 Nov

A common barrier to writing and completing books is the lack of time. I’ve used the excuse and have heard others repeat it over and over again: I don’t have time. With so much on our plates, how can we successful pen a 200 page-plus book? Many of us work full-time, and are parents or care for loved ones, as well as hold other offices or duties. And there is seemingly little to no time left for creative writing.

But you would be surprised to know how many published authors find the time to write books in the midst of their busy schedules. How do they do it? Everyone has their own tactics, but here are a few of mine:

  1. Take your laptop with you. If you have a laptop, netbook, or ipad, use the few minutes you have between activities to write. While your waiting for the laundry, sitting in the car, picking up the kids, etc., use those few moments to write.
  2. Commit 15 to 30. While you may not have hours everyday to work on your book, you probably have 15 to 30 minutes you could spare. If you are willing to commit at least 15 minutes a day, over time, you can finish your book.
  3. Can’t sleep? Write! Often when I find myself sleepless at 3am, I get up and write. Most people are asleep so there are no distractions, no phones ringing, even TV is boring at 3am! So just write until you get your Z’s back.
  4. Take a break. Sometimes I just have to free up my schedule and take a day or so to write. Yes, everyone wants you to do something for them, but sometimes you just have to take time for yourself and your own goals.

Of course, there are other methods writers use, but the most important thing is that you make it happen and let go of the excuses.

Happy Writing!

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