Finding time to write seems to be one of the biggest challenges that authors face. There is always something that takes time from your writing. Raising a family, walking the dog, working late, making dinner, taking kids to their soccer game. You name it, it’s a challenge.
Who has time to write? Well, you have more time to write than you think and even if you don’t think you have time to write, I bet you have 20 minutes a day, don’t you?
When I was writing my first book, I was busy just like you. My two kids were both in a demanding high school, playing varsity sports, applying to college. I had to make sure I had dinners prepared, found time to do laundry, grocery shopping, clean the house, and exercise.
Finding any time to write seemed impossible.
But I was able to find a time to write my first book with the techniques I am gonna share with you here.
Tip #1 :
Set aside time in the morning to write before the demands of the day keep you from writing. If you get up just 20 minutes earlier you would not sacrifice the other things, just a couple of snoozes on the old alarm.
I know what you might be saying, “I am not a morning person”. Well neither was I.Still, there really isn’t much difference between getting up at 6:20 AM and 6:40 AM.
Find a place where you won’t be interrupted. If others are around tell them of your plan, that you just need 20 minutes of uninterrupted time. Try to write in a place where you normally don’t do other work if that might distract you.
Set a timer for 20 minutes and write fast and furious. Don’t edit or “think”, just write. Have a plan for your writing so you aren’t staring at a blank screen and maximize your time. Don’t just wing it, have an outline to follow. When the timer goes off you are done for the day.
I can write between 400-700 words in 20 minutes. I was able to write faster and faster each time I wrote.
If you wrote just 20 minutes a day at maybe 400 words that would make 36,000 words or the size of an average nonfiction book in just 90 days.
You actually have more time than you think. By starting your morning routine with writing you won’t let other things distract you. If you have a routine, a place to write you will be successful. So, your next step is to time yourself and write for 20 minutes of uninterrupted time in the morning for a week and see how much you can write. I think you will be surprised by the amount of progress you can make.
(P.S. 473 words for this article, written in 20 minutes!)