We’re busy, overwhelmed, and work too hard, so how do we find the time to write our books?
The first thing is not to set yourself up for failure by thinking you need a week away or have to leave your job and take a cabin in the woods to get started. I’ve noticed that too much available time can actually stymie the writer, causing them to feel intimidated by the blank page and an empty calendar that poses no excuses. That’s pressure!
So sometimes writing a book in small bursts can prove highly effective. Here’s how it can work for you.
Create a place in your home or office that feels like a writing sanctuary. Take a few deep breaths and relax, asking yourself, “What do I want to write about today?” Conjure the scene or chapter in your mind’s eye, and take a few more relaxing, deep breaths.
Set the clock for ten or fifteen minutes and promise yourself that you’ll just write––no excuses, no pauses, no chatting with the inner critic. Your job is just to keep your hands flying over the keyboards or page. For more suggestions for writing in short bursts, check out Diane Conway’s book, The 20-Minute Miracle.
When your time is up, set the clock for another five minutes and read through what you’ve written. Underline any phrases or ideas that resonate for you. Then write a reflection sentence, beginning with…This is what I notice about this piece. Allow your reflection to set you up for your next short writing burst.
Rome didn’t get built in a day. A book doesn’t get written in an afternoon. But one word at a time, you can do it!