Finding Time to Write Your E-Book

Having trouble finding time to write your e-book?  Something always intervenes.  After all, you’re so busy both with your business and with your life.  You just can’t find the time to write.  You may as well just give it up.  It will never happen.  Just get over it

No, you don’t!  Don’t give up!  You can do it!  You can write an e-book.  Here are some tips for how to find the time.

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1 – Cut Back On Your Social Life 

Sometimes getting stuff done means sacrifice. Is your social life holding you back from success as a writer?  If you spend every evening, or even one evening every week, hanging out with friends, it may be.  Now, you don’t have to skip family celebrations or important events.  But maybe cutting back on some of your social schedule would help you meet your goal of writing an e-book.

2 – Write on your lunch break.

What do you usually do at lunch?  Gab with your friends?  Play Angry Birds?  Talk on the phone?  Instead, you could be finding time to write your e-book.

3– Stop rotting your brain, and wasting your time, with reality television.

Well, you can find out who got voted off the island.  Or you can write your e-book, a resource that can make a difference in people’s lives and earn income for you for the rest of your life.  After all, it’s entirely your choice.

4 – Stop looking for huge blocks of time.

Maybe you’re not a full-time writer.  At least not yet.  You’re juggling a job, a family, maybe school and who knows what else.  And you don’t have time in your schedule to spend a whole day, or even a whole afternoon, writing your e-book.  Finding time to write your e-book is just one of a number of priorities you have in a day.

So write when you can, even if it’s just 15 or 30 minutes at a time.  Write for a half hour in the laundromat while you’re washing your clothes. Write on the train on the way to work.  Write whenever you have a few minutes of free time.

I have to get up to get my son ready for the bus by 6:45.  But then I have a half hour or so before I have to get ready for work.  So I write then.  Do you have a sliver of time like that somewhere in your day? 

5 – Get up an hour earlier every day.

What’s that you say? You’ve already heard this advice? Then why aren’t you implementing it?

 6 – Prioritize writing.

Make appointments with yourself to write.  Add them to your day planner. Make them as important as everything else you plan in your week. 

7 – Stop making excuses.

JK Rowling is a great source for inspiration here. She seemingly “never” had time to write. In fact, it took her seven years to write the first Harry Potter novel. She wrote in “stolen pockets of time” whenever she could squeeze a few minutes out of her day. That seven-year period saw the birth of her first child, a divorce from her first husband, the death of her mother, and near poverty. Although she may have had a lot of reasons for making excuses, she didn’t. Good thing, too.  The Harry Potter series has sold more than 500 million copies. 

If you are committed to finding time to write your e-book, you will be able to do it.  Once you become alert to the possibilities in your own schedule, you’ll find your own “stolen pockets of time” and you’ll be able to write your e-book.

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