For many, juggling and balancing their everyday role as a career person, a parent, a spouse, and a friend is a daily struggle. The same story goes when you’re an author needing those creative juices to continuously flow and wishing to convert those thoughts or ideas into a full-blown book or novel.
Recently, the Nonfiction Authors Association, an educational community that provides valuable education, resources, and support for nonfiction authors, asked writers around the world to answer the question: How do you carve out time for writing?
Two BCB authors, Coach Renee Lopez and Stacey Odgers shared their thoughts and own experiences on how they manage to find time to write.
According to Coach Renee Lopez, a certified speaker, consultant, and blogger on the college recruiting process for high school student-athletes, and the author of the book, Looking For a FULL RIDE?: An Insider’s Recruiting Guide, said that carving out time to write is planning about a two-hour time block. When she is at her best is the best time to write.
For Renee, “Having been a college coach for 14 years and a student-athlete, I am an active person, so I can’t just sit down to write for four hours at a time, or I get too restless. I do my best written work when I have taken a walk, swum, or even walked around Disney World (I live 35 minutes away) earlier in the day. I need to write late afternoon or evening as I am much more effective during that time of day. I know many authors who need to write first thing in the morning like at 5 a.m.; however, I am just the opposite. I plan about a two-hour time block to write when I am at my best in the afternoon or evening. I also try to change up my locations to write in different places such as coffee shops, co-working spaces, restaurants, libraries, and even in different corners of my house. My words of wisdom for authors if they are in a rut: Change their scenery!”
Meanwhile, for Stacey Odgers, a John Maxwell certified speaker and coach, founder of Lead and Succeed Resources, and author of Train Your Brain: 5 Ways to Master Your Mindset and Achieve Your Life Goals, said that living intentionally is the secret to properly manage time and priorities.
According to Stacey, “Living intentionally helps you manage your priorities and time to the minute. Taking time to evaluate each day will show you the best time to take for you. If this all you do, to be an author, then I suspect you may have more time to seclude yourself. I spend every day writing down something I read that touched me and file it (literally). This technique allows you to reach content and quotes quicker when writing. The second thing I do is setting an hour a day starting with an outline of the book and filling in each chapter. Number three would be determining there is an hour in your day to write. It is a choice you make. I can’t make it for you. It is a definite decision to devote this time every day for your burning desire to be fulfilled.”
Indeed, writers will always find ways to write. So, go ahead and write that book or novel in your head!
Check out how Coach Renee and Stacey put their pen into paper HERE.
Thanks for sharing your secrets to writing successfully, Coach Renee and Stacey!
To get more information about the Nonfiction Authors Association (NFAA), a vibrant educational community for aspiring and experienced writers to connect, exchange ideas, and learn about writing, publishing, promoting and profiting from nonfiction books, visit www.nonfictionauthorsassociation.com.