How Do You Find Time to Write Your Book? When You've Hit a Wall: 5 Ways to Beat Writer's Block

Maybe you’ve decided that you need to write a book about your business or expertise to boost your brand.  But, as an entrepreneur, how do you fit time to write into your huge to-do list?

How do you find time to write?

How do you find time to create?

Share your thoughts below.

Cheers!

Diane

12 comments on “How Do You Find Time to Write Your Book?

  • I love this discussion — it looks like a fabulous way to not only share some insights and swap ideas, but also get to know the other fans of this blog.

    Personally, I’m a HUGE fan of #WriterWednesdays — it started out as a great way to connect with other writers and aspiring authors like myself on Twitter, but now, I dedicate every Wednesday to writing. I only answer emails for 2 hours in the afternoon; I ensure that as soon as I get up, I am open to my thoughts and I am intent on writing the amount I’ve set aside for that day. It’s a great creative break. Very nourishing. Then again, I have been known to deviate from my plan (especially when writer’s block strikes and Facebook is only a click away…) but I think this is a great method, especially for business owners who are completely lost on how to balance left brain tasks with right brain goals.

    What does everyone else think?

    • Hi Felicia,

      Thanks so much for chiming in! I am a big fan of #WriterWednesdays as well and am so glad that you brought it up. Beyond acting as a handy hashtag on Twitter, Writer Wednesday is actually a brilliant idea. Your point about counteracting your left brain with a refreshing day of right brain-oriented tasks is a very valuable one. Thank you for such a detailed example — it sounds like a nourishing creative break, indeed!

      As for your point that we are all prone to moments of writer’s block, I wanted to direct you toward some blog posts I’ve written on writer’s block: http://www.writetosellyourbook.com/writing-advice/41-ways-breathe-life-into-scenes , http://www.writetosellyourbook.com/writing-advice/getting-unstuck

      As you can see, it’s a common problem with new writers and seasoned writers alike.

      Thank you again, and happy writing!

      Warmly,
      Diane

  • I’m a bakery owner who’s trying and trying to find time to blog. Considering that I haven’t even accomplished a shred of my 2013 New Year’s Resolution, it’s also laughable that I have videos in mind!

    Love the idea of Writing Wednesdays. What else can I do to just make my writing process move a lot faster?

    • Hi Sylvia,

      I hear your frustration — it’s hard to take on a project as big as a blog and stick with it. Keep in mind that blog posts can be quite short — at about 300-500 words. Especially with such beautiful, appealing photo subjects around you in your bakery, all you could do at first is post a few pictures of what you’ve baked that day, along with one or three quick tips (odd numbers trend best, apparently), on how to craft the perfect batch of frosting, or how to test a cake to see if it’s cooked. Perhaps all it takes is an hour on Writer Wednesday for you to whip up (excuse the pun) a few of those short and sweet posts.

      Let us know what you think!

      Thanks for chiming in,
      Diane

  • This is going to sound sad, but I gave up television! Now, after dinner, I do a little bit of this and a little bit of that on my laptop instead of getting sucked in to hours of television. As I’m hoping to polish a novel within the next year (I just couldn’t stand my “normal life” getting in the way of it anymore!), I think it’s a good habit I’ve forced myself into. I just hope that I can stick with it! lol

    • Hi Melanie,

      I feel you! It’s hard to give up the almighty television. But, it sounds like it’s been worth it — congrats on approaching the final stages of your novel.

      Also, keep in mind that when you DO need a break, watching your favorite tv shows can be a great way to generate ideas pertaining to your own work. Check out this blog post: http://www.writetosellyourbook.com/writing-advice/write-a-novel-tv-junkie

      Happy writing, and thanks for joining the discussion.

      Best,
      Diane

  • I write in the morning with lots of coffee! (not early mind you) I camp out for a while with my right brain in gear. I love to write long hand with pencils and a spiral notebook. I try to write 3 pages letting it just flow without corrections.

    If I start my day working on everything else then the writing doesn’t seem happen. Of course my left brain is yelling to me that there are tasks that need to be done.

    But my right brains wins if I prioritize starting my day that way. On days that I don’t feel like writing I make myself reread something I’ve written recently. Out loud! That pulls me right back in to writing.

    • Hi Karin!

      Thanks so much for joining the discussion and sharing your wisdom. These are all fantastic tips — free writing, especially in the morning when your thoughts are fresh, is a valuable tip.

      Finally, your point that rereading something you’ve already written is spot-on. Many authors underestimate how powerful it can be to reacquaint yourself to your own voice. These are powerful suggestions. Thank you again and I hope everything is going well with Mr. Bim!

      Diane

  • First, I’m sending my husband on a 8-day dive trip off an island only known to few! I have a specific goal of where I will be in my book, when he leaves and when he gets back. Eight days of concentrated effort is a good way to measure progress.

    I look at my book as a job with flexible hours. As with most jobs, I can’t quit or I’ll never get that promotion. In fact quitting is not even an option! Dinner parties however, are an option.

    Until my book gets done, I will not be throwing fancy dinner parties, or doing anything that is overly distracting. My brain must stay plugged in as some of my best ideas come when my brain in not on task. I call these ideas incubators that rise to the surface after considerable face time with my work.

    I also look at the next five years and what it will look like when I have my book published or what it will look like if I don’t have book published. Which picture do I like better? With any luck I’ll still be around in five years, so what’s my choice? As of right now, I like having a book in my future!

    cheers to all, Lucinda

  • I loved reading thread and reading about how everyone is finding ways to focus on their goals and get things done. Know your end game!

    • Hi Debra,

      Thanks so much for chiming in! I agree with you — this thread is quite inspiring. Especially with so much on everyone’s plate these days, reading of how others stick to their goals despite a hectic schedule can be so helpful. It is for me, at least!

      Wishing you the best,
      Diane

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