Sunday, January 17, 2016

Finding Time to Write an eBook

There is never enough time in a day to get things done. Or so it seems at first glance. The truth is, we waste so much of our valuable time doing nothing or committing ourselves to mindless busy work that we feel we have no time left over to write. What we need to do is become aware of where we are wasting our time and taking that time back to do something we have always wanted to do - write an ebook.

If you can wrestle back an extra hour each day, you can spend that time working on and writing your ebook. If you write just 500 words in that hour, by the end of the week, you will have written 3,500 words. That is a 14,000 word ebook in one month. With experience, you will be able to write at least 1,000 words in an hour. That is 7,000 words a week and at least 28,000 words in a month. Considering that most Kindle ebooks are, at a minimum, 7,000 words long, you have the potential to write at least 2 ebooks a month. All this by just taking back an hour of your time.

Kill Your TV

I am serious. Television is a huge time waster. Cut back on your shows or simply stop watching the damn thing. You can take that hour or more you would have spent passively staring at the television and start working on your ebook. Besides, what is more important: writing and publishing an ebook or finding out if Mildred humped Harvey on the subway on As the World Hurls?

Travel Time

Jackie Collins started writing her books while taking her kids to and from school. J.K Rowling started writing about Harry Potter in a coffee shop. Other famous authors have worked on their books while on an airplane, during train rides, and while on the bus. Literally, every free moment you can find can be devoted to writing. All you really need is paper and either a pen or pencil, although many new writers are now writing their books while traveling by using their smartphones. They simply email their story sections to themselves and then, when on their home computer, they piece their work together.

Busy Work

Yes, the laundry needs to be done and the yard should be cleaned up, but does it need to be done right this moment? If you tell yourself that you can go write as soon as you finish this task or that project, you are doing things all wrong. You need to reset your priorities.

If your goal is to write an ebook, then make that your top priority. All the other things that you feel you need to do can get worked in around your writing. For example, let's say you have a day off from work and you want to devote a few hours time to writing, but you also have other things to do. What you do is break down your time. You can write for 30 minutes and then take a break from writing and do the laundry and the dishes for the next 30 minutes. When you sit back down to write, you will probably feel refreshed and able to tackle your book with new eyes. Other people use the 45-15 method where they write for 45 minutes and then get up to do another task for 15 minutes.

When you keep to this schedule, you will find that you are getting a lot of stuff done. You will probably be amazed at what you have accomplished by the end of the day.

Social Media

Social media, such as Facebook and Twitter are huge time wasters. I do understand the addiction, but you need to change your habits so that you are not losing 30 minutes here and there reading and writing posts. Instead of going cold turkey on the social media stuff, use it, instead, as a reward. For example, tell yourself you can check your feed for five minutes after you have written 500, 800, or 1,000 words. This turns the social media addiction into a positive incentive and not just another bad habit to give up.

The Skinny

Making small changes and adapting new ways of approaching writing will help you find the time to write. Remember to:

Set a goal to write your ebook.
Make writing a top priority.
Do busy work around your writing schedule.
Cut out the tv and other time wasters.
Use social media as a reward. Make it your Scooby snack.

Start now.

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