Writing a book is no small task.
Even for talented authors writing is time-consuming, and it’s maddening when writer’s block has you by the throat.
So, how can sidepreneurs like us fit such a momentous undertaking in our already limited spare time?
That answer is actually quite simple, really. It’s about tiny changes you make that lead to great accomplishments. It’s about becoming more effective and efficient with your time—about discipline and dedication.
I have spent years writing on the side of being a father, husband and deployed military member. I’ve lived the values I’m sharing with you here, and I assure you they are effective. No matter how great the task of writing a book feels, or how busy your life is, you can write a book.
My first book was written while onboard a South Korean warship while patrolling the DMZ. What’s your excuse?
Fitting Time to Write a Book into Your Already Busy Life
You’d be surprised how many hours a day you could be using to write your book even while doing daily tasks.
In truth, you can write a book as you do many other daily activities. When you add up all the ways you can work on your book, finishing your will become a simple task over time.
Here’s a list of some creative ways you can write your book during your busy day:
- Buy a voice recorder to capture your thoughts on your way to work
- While working out, driving to work, or waiting in line, listen to podcasts that help you with writing, research or learning new skills.
- Bring your lunch with you and eat while you work on your book at work
- Bring your laptop with you and write while riding the train, plane or bus
As you can see, you have many opportunities to create your book without sacrificing other priorities.
Create More Time In Your Day
That might sound daunting, but it really isn’t. Writing a book is like running a marathon. Just add an hour or two to your day, and in 2 weeks, you’ll have created 28 hours of time to work on your book. Here’s how:
- Wake up an hour earlier each morning and reward yourself with a nice cup of coffee
- If you watch TV or movies, remove them and instead work on your book
- Ask your spouse to take the kids out, then switch off any distractions so you have time alone to work
- Hire a household cleaner, or lawn care service to free you from chores
Now that’s not too hard, right?
My wife and I used to love watching shows and movies. Just by cutting out the movies and shows at night, I added an extra 90 hours a month. That time helped me earn an extra $100,000 in book sales over the past three years.
Stop Waiting for the Right Time
A mistake many authors make is believing in a “perfect time to write.” The truth is, there is no such thing as the perfect time and inspiration rarely strikes when we’re most ready for it.
As Stephen King puts it, “Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.”
Since this is true, it’s important that you dedicate a period of time to your writing every day. No matter how uninspired you feel, write anyways. Get your fingers to the keyboard and type.
Become More Efficient With Your Writing Time
No person has a completely optimized day. In fact, many of us have things that zap us of our efficiency and cause us to get nothing done. So, when you do get the time to write, make sure you make it worth your time. Here are some tips to help:
- Turn off the internet because you don’t need it and it only serves to distract
- Some writing programs like Scrivener, or even WordPress have a distraction-free mode that helps you focus on your writing
- Choose good music that isn’t full of distracting words. I personally love epic music for my writing because it is motivational and allows me to think.
So, Now What?
The steps above should help you find more time in your day. If you follow my advice, you’ll be able to write while you do other important tasks and work more efficiently.
Remember, if you can add one hour a day to your writing, that will add up to 30 hours a month focused on writing. For most writers, that is almost enough time to write a short book.
So, what’s holding you back? Comment below and let’s help each other out.