I pray this post finds you well.
I want to take some time to share with you some strategies for helping you make time for writing, no matter the kind of schedule you have. Whether you work full-time for another company or if you freelance with your own business, you can find time to create wonderful writing pieces that will help build your authorship and audience.
Finding time to write every day has been one of my main challenges. When I first decided to commit to my company full-time in March 2016, I didn't realize how much work went into every detail of the business.
I read several articles about bloggers earning a significant income to create the life they always wanted; but they didn't tell me that it would require thousands of hours, each one working to develop the brand among other business-related factors. And they certainly did not discuss how they made time to write their blog posts and other information products while trying to run everything smoothly.
In truth, they were successful in selling the dream; but not so successful is explaining how to realize that dream while still finding time to do what we love: to write.
So, I want to give you some of my own methods for maintaining a consistent writing schedule while still being able to run my company successfully.
Step 1: Determine Your Writing Goals in Advance
If I could go back to the me in March 2016, I would tell myself to make a plan that allowed me to write consistently for an entire year. At the same time, I would tell myself to be flexible with that plan because situations will arise.
When you are thinking about how to craft time for your writing, you want to think about the goals you have for writing. In other words, are you looking to use your talent to share with others? Or do you simply want it to be something that you keep for yourself? Whatever the goal, if you have a plan in place, such as writing your first book within 12 months, then you can create a schedule that will help you reach your goals.
But of course, this is easier said than done.
I remember back in January of this year, I had in mind to write and publish one book each month. I had great ideas, but I also wanted to develop my business, which cut into my writing time. I thought I could fit writing a chapter each day into my schedule, but it was impossible. I always seek to bring quality materials to my audience, and I simply could not fit in the time to conduct research and compose the works as I desired.
But what I did find was that I could publish about 3-4 books each year. I could devote the right amount of time to them each week (daily was too difficult for me), and that really helped me to reach my goals.
In fact, by the end of the year, I will have published my third book. (Visit my store here.) And this was made possible by another step that I found to be crucial.
Creating a blog and a blog schedule.
Step 2: Commit to Your Blog and Develop a Workable Schedule
There's something uniquely powerful about a blog. I share many of these benefits here, but I want to highlight another important fact.
Without creating a blog calendar and schedule, my published books would not be completed. The time and energy that I put into each post was exactly what I needed to compile various articles into one book. For example, when I wrote, I had previously constructed two articles related to this topic. Those posts served as the foundation for the rest of my book. And with some minor adjustments, I was able to transfer these same articles into the finished book.
Having a consistent blog schedule, whether it's posting daily or weekly, will enable you to write as often as you like without feeling like you're wasting valuable time. For example, if you know that you want to publish a book on creating healthy recipes for Christians, then you can create blog posts that address some of the topics. When it comes time to publishing your book, you can gather these articles and produce them as one coherent text.
When you begin to see how blogging works in your favor as a Christian Author, then you will easily find time to finish that upcoming book. You will find that writing about something that may eventually bring you a profit is something that you must do. Your blog schedule can help you accomplish this.
Now, all you need to do is follow through with my final step.
Step 3: Find the Time to Write and Stick with It
There are days when I simply do not feel like writing. I have so much on my plate, and writing just seems to be another added burden.
But even when I feel this way, I still write. Why? Because I have a hungry audience, eagerly waiting for another empowering post or empowering product that will fuel their authorship.
Writing is my money-maker, and if I give into the lackadaisical attitude, then I lose prospects; and I want my business to flourish.
For me, the right time to write is in the morning. It's quiet. My daughter is still asleep. My mind is fresh and creative. So, my schedule allows me to create content long before the sun dawns.
If I do not write during this time, I still attempt to produce another article or book chapter during the day. But it's challenging. However, finding this time to write would be even more of a struggle if I did not have a plan or did not have a blog, which gives me purpose for writing. As you can see, everything comes together.
Perhaps you enjoy writing late at night or during lunch time. And if you don't know what is the best time to do this, then think about this: At what part of the day do you feel most relaxed? If you can answer this, then you have found your ideal writing time.
There is so much brain power that goes into creating valuable content; and you want to do it when you have nothing else to worry about. In fact, the more relaxed you are, the more you are able to produce something that will astound your audience.
I pray that these suggestions helped you in some way. Another great way to gain support as you attempt to find your ideal writing time is to connect with other writers, who can provide support to you. And if you're looking for that network, I invite you to join my Empowered Writerpreneurs Network. It's comprised of international and national authors who want to learn how to develop their authorship and brand. You can connect directly with an author near you, and you can ask me questions in the threads at any time. The best part: this network gives you snippets of my Empowered Writerpreneurs Program, the only online school for Christian Authors like you.
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Let me know what you think about these suggestions in the comment section.
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