In this video, Janet Syas Nitsick and I discuss the actual writing part of creating the book. You will have to find your own way of fitting writing into your schedule, but the key is you need to find time to write because if you don’t, the book will never get done.
So you need to explore what system works best for you. For the busy mom, that might be writing in the midst of interruptions. For someone with a “day job”, it might be writing during a break or when you’re at home. Someone else might find it best to write at night, and someone else may write first thing in the morning.
Another factor is what your goal is for the day/week. Maybe you want to have a daily/weekly word count goal. Maybe you want to sit down for a certain amount of time each day/week.
Another factor is whether you want to plot our your book, write by the seat of your pants, or a mixture of both.
Also, some people write only one book at a time, and others can write a couple at once.
Find the methods that work best for you and do them.
But the bottom line is you need to write. There will be days when you don’t feel like it. Sometimes, you’ll just have to make yourself do it, just as you’d have to make yourself work at a job someone hired you to do. If you’re serious about writing, you need to do it.
Now, there are times when it really just isn’t working. No matter how much you try, you can’t write. In cases like this, find something else you can do during that time to be productive. This could be writing and scheduling blog posts (which is what I’m doing today). This post won’t go up until May 3, but I’m getting it set up on April 12 on a non-writing day. Another thing you can do is catch up on your emails, work on your website, come up with a cover idea for your next book, or engage in social media in a meaningful way (meaning, no games or looking at pictures of adorable kittens). You can do the games and look at pictures when you’re in your “free time”, not during your writing time. The writing time needs to be dedicated to your business in some way.
Out of curiosity, what is your writing routine like? Are you writing all throughout the day like I am? Or do you set aside specific times to write like Janet does? Do you have word count goals? Are you a plotter, panster, or a mixture of both? What methods work best for you?