When I surveyed the writers in my Facebook group The Plotting Room and asked them to list the number 1 challenge they face in starting or finishing their novels, the top response was “not enough hours in the day.” And it led by a HUGE MARGIN. The next highest choice had only about a third as many responses.
As a bestselling author and writing coach, I’m often asked how I find the time to write. I certainly understand the challenge. Your writing doesn’t pay the bills–at least not yet–so your job and many other things take up much of your time. I’ve been there, so I get it.
When I wrote my first few novels, I was single and had no children. The only thing competing for my writing time was my 9 to 5 job, and even then I struggled to find the time to write. I finally realized that I would have to get up very early, stay up late and give up a lot of the activities that I enjoyed. At least while I was writing the novel.
Fast forward several years. By then I was married with children, and finding time to write became even MORE challenging. Seemingly impossible at times even. My schedule was a lot less predictable and controllable, and my writing suffered as a result.
I knew I had to do something if I was ever going to finish a novel. I tried a number of things such as setting up rigid daily schedules–which were soon abandoned when life got in the way. I even tried writing in hotels away from home but I could never manage to do that long enough to make a real difference.
Finally, I discovered something so simple it’s hard to believe how well it works–and that is WEEKLY SCHEDULING. Once I settled on this, I setup things so that when you’re working on a novel, at the beginning of each week you can look at your schedule for the coming week and plan exactly when and how long you will write each day.
This provides you with a daily writing routine and allows for the flexibility that you need from one week to the next. And surprisingly, it takes only an hour or less each week to plan the following week’s writing routine.
After seeing the results of that poll in my Facebook group, I decided to offer my weekly planner to writers with the hope that it would help you get your novels going just as it helped me. I have also added three pages of EXCLUSIVE AND DETAILED TIPS full of advice from what I learned over the years about how to get the most out of the planner and your writing week.
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The biggest challenge for many writers is finding the time to write in a crazy, jam-packed day. In this video excerpt I tell you the bare, naked truth about why setting priorities is so important and what you must do if you’re serious about writing a novel.