We're hurtling around the sun at 67,000 miles per hour. And the Earth is spinning at around 1,000 miles per hour. (Sometimes I spin around my office at these speeds.)
That spin gives us days that are 23 hours and 56 minutes long, and years made up of 365.24 days.
We all have that amount of time.
So why do some people get tons of writing done, and others struggle to make any progress at all?
Time is relative. It changes depending on your frame of reference. I'm not talking about Einstein's Theory of Relativity here; I'm assuming you're not travelling close to the speed of light. I'm talking about your frame of reference. Your life.
We all have the same number of hours in the day, but we don't all the same amount of time available to us to write.
Which is why I'd like you to ignore all the bro-marketers who bellow at us that we just need to FOCUS and if we can't get it done we don't want it enough. They might as well be walking along in front of us, ringing a bell, shrieking SHAME! SHAME! SHAME!
Don't get me wrong: we do need to focus if we want to write a book.
And there's no point in trying to write a book if you don't really want to.
But to suggest you're struggling because you're just not trying hard enough is bullshit.
I'm not here to bestow upon you a magical time-maximising hack or trick that'll suddenly make your other responsibilities disappear. Those things don't really exist, no matter how much we'd like them to.
Instead, I want you to think about what you can achieve, when you can achieve it, and concentrate on doing that.
Starting with this contrary idea: you don't necessarily need to drop everything else in your life and business to get your book done.
It's great if you can drop everything, and I'll come back to that shortly; but for a lot of business owners, it's not a realistic aim. You might have children, a family to take care of, your customers and clients to look after, and your business to run. So time is going to be more limited for you than for someone who, say, doesn't have children.
I'd like you to try a few different tactics and find out what works for you, and how you can make the most of the time you have to write your book and write it brilliantly.
What works well for me, or for another writer, might not work for you at all. So pick one of the following ideas and give it a try for a week. If it works, stick with it. If it doesn't, try another idea and see if that works for you.
The 5-minute mini-miracle-sessions have been a revelation for me. I used to waste so much time because I thought there was no point trying to write if I had only a few minutes, so I wouldn't do anything. I'd faff.
Now, though, I try to spend those few minutes – sometimes just 5 minutes, sometimes 20 – writing.
If I can't settle down to write something substantial, I'll scribble notes. The opening of a chapter. An idea for a call to action. The outline of a quick story. Then when I do have more time, I use that time more productively.
Remember you don't have to actually be sitting down to write, either. Use the voice note feature on your smartphone. Perhaps you go out for a walk every day – in that case, can you use your voice recorder to speak your book? You can edit it later.
If you really want to write your book, you'll be able to do it. You just need to find the method that works best for you.
And hey! Maybe the method that works best for you is a 12-week programme in which you take Tiny Beetle Steps and get feedback from a pro every single day until you've written the not-so-Shitty First Draft of your book. Find out more about Blank Page to Book in 90 Days LIVE and get on the waiting list here.
If you want to learn more about how to write, self-publish, and market a book for your business, snaffle yourself a copy of How The Hell Do You Write A Book? Then check out the blog and podcast for more articles and guides. If you want a little (or a lot) more help, find out how you can work with me.
Vicky Fraser is the founder of Moxie Books and author of How The Hell Do You Write A Book and Business For Superheroes. She helps business owners write life-changing books, connect with readers and new customers, and grow their businesses. When she's not doing that, she's hanging from a trapeze by her feet.
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