How to Find the Time to Finish Writing Your Book

One of the biggest complaints among writers is the lack of time to write. Almost every writer I know wishes they had more time to dedicate to their projects. As a writer myself, I understand how difficult it can be to juggle a job, a family, a home, a social life, AND a writing project, but I’ve also discovered some ways to find more time to write.

If you are ready to finally find time to finish your book, there is a simple solution — spend a little time on self-reflection. (Yes, I just told you to spend your time doing something other than writing.) You can’t figure out how to make more time for writing, until you know how you currently spend your time.

Here are a four simple steps to help finally find time to finish writing your book, and start publishing.

1) Be honest with yourself.

For one week, write down EXACTLY how you spend your time. Record each task and the amount of time you spend on it. This includes checking social media sites, commuting to work, watching TV, eating, etc. By doing this, you will get a clear picture how you are spending your time.

2) Make changes.

Now that you are aware of where all your time is going, you can find ways to make more time for writing. For instance, if you spend several hours at night watching TV, perhaps you could spend an hour of that time writing. If you notice you spend a lot more time on social media sites than you thought, you can free up some of your day by limiting the number of times you log on and how much time you spend online each time.

3) Figure out what works for you.

Another part of self reflection is figuring out what type of writer you and how your writing process works. For some people, morning writing sessions work best. Other people are night owls. Some people need to warm up before writing by reading an inspiring book or listening to music. Spend some time thinking about when and how you do your best work, and try to make your writing goals align with your personal style.

4) Get creative about the way you write.

Sometimes the easiest way to find time to write is by multitasking. In fact, some writers think ordinary activities like walking or cleaning improve their creativity. Thanks to today’s technology, multitasking has never been easier. You can combine exercising and writing by using a treadmill desk. (In fact, that is how I do all of my writing. I walk the entire time I’m working so I can cross writing and exercising off my to-do list.) Another option is voice writing software.  You can talk your text while you do activities such as working outside, doing dishes, or driving to work. Just be sure to always carefully proofread your manuscript when using this type of software.

I’d love to know, what tips to you have for making more time to write?

ABOUT KELLY SCHUKNECHT: Kelly Schuknecht is the Vice President of Outskirts Press. In addition to her contributions to the Outskirts Press blog at blog.outskirtspress.com, Kelly and a group of talented marketing experts offer book marketing services, support, and products to not only published Outskirts Press authors, but to all authors and professionals who are interested in marketing their books and/or careers. Learn more about Kelly on her blog at http://kellyschuknecht.com.

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