Plan N Write picIf you have been following my posts you have already decided if you were writing fiction or non-fiction and know what or who you will write about. What I find as the first obstacle a lot of writers face when they are ready to write is finding the time. Lucky you if you have time to sit down and solely focus on writing for hours at a time. For those of us who have full time jobs, families and other commitments finding time isn’t as easy.

I can relate to this dilemma because I, at one time, found myself without a laptop, and going into work at the crack of dawn and going to bed late during the week. Weekends weren’t much better because by the time the laundry was done, errands were ran and dinner was made, I was exhausted. At one point I was so fearful that I would stop writing that I started a weekly blog to post of my interactive fiction entitled SSMD (Single, Shacking, Married, Divorced). I posted from my iPad until my laptop was replaced. No matter what, I had to find time to write so I could post once a week; and I did and still do more than three years later.

There is no such thing as making time, so I’m not going to tell you that’s what you need to do. What I’m going to tell you is that you have to plan and schedule time to write. Now before you start arguing about not having any time, let me ask you a few questions.

  1. Do you get a lunch break at work?
  2. Is it possible for you to get up earlier or stay up later?
  3. How do you use your waiting time? Waiting time such as waiting at the doctor or dentist’s office. Or waiting in the parking lot for your child to get out of school.
  4. Last question, and don’t get mad. What about using the time dedicated to watching that favorite show or shows? Whether it’s watched in real time or as a recording, it’s still time that can be used for writing.

If you think none of the suggested times would work for you and you can’t come up with any time to schedule to write, than I have a tough question for you. How serious are you about your writing? Your book can’t be birthed if you aren’t committed to do what it takes to bring it into this world. Part of doing that is planning to write and writing as planned. That doesn’t mean that you can’t have some flexibility in your schedule. There will be times when you alter the planned course but you can’t alter something that doesn’t exist and you can’t commit to something that doesn’t exist either.  That is truth whether you believe it or not.

Your call to action is to schedule time starting this week to begin, or pick up where you left off, on that book you are pregnant with and commit to writing as close to that schedule as possible. Don’t let another year go by and your book is still waiting to be introduced to the world. There is somebody waiting for their favorite book or in need of knowing they can make it too. Don’t keep them waiting.

If you are new to writing a book or self-publishing and want to follow along as I share what I’ve learned, either subscribe to receive my blog posts atwww.jenettambradley.com or request to be added to my group on Facebook, JB’s Writers Studio where the links to the posts will be shared. The group will also be a place for members to ask questions and share information.

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