Who Has Time to Write Anyways?

who has time to write

I get it. You have a career, babies to look after, networking, social media, emails, so many emails, meetings, products to produce, products to sell, and maybe even a special someone in your life that you want to keep in your life.

You don’t have time to write a book.

But, you want to.

You just think it is impossible.

The year I wrote my first book I was trying to build a financial services company in the worst economy since the Great Depression, raising three kids who played school and travel sports on different teams and often spending the weekend in different cities, and was happily married and wanted to remain happily married.

I didn’t think I had time to write a book.

But I wanted to.

Some clients inspired me to write a story to teach people how to deal with debt and personal finance. I was excited. I knew it was a great idea. I just wondered how in this crazy life I could fit in the hours I needed to write it.

I looked at my schedule for a consistent time throughout the week when I knew my clients and my family wouldn’t normally need me. There were two time slots, 5:30 am and 9 pm. I am NOT a morning person so that left one. 9 pm was the time I wound down from the day. It was “me time” that was often spent in front of the TV or a book. Could I consider giving this up?

I had a choice in that moment. I could give up my lifelong dream of becoming an author and I could read or watch other people’s stories or I could give up TV and reading and write my own story.

For almost a year I spent Monday to Friday from 9 pm until 11 pm writing Lessons from the Depression, Eliminating Debt the Old-fashioned Way. I would love to say I never missed TV or reading, but that would be a lie. I knew that if I missed one day I would be on a slippery slope to abandoning my book and it would go into the pile of other abandoned books I had started over the years. That fear kept me in the game.

You have time to write your book.

You just have to decide if it is worth it or not to give up sleep, time with your family, reading, TV or whatever it is you need give up in order to write.

So, I get it,

But, I don’t buy it.

I hope you don’t either.

I hope this blog helps you on the road to your publishing dreams. If you like it and think it has value for your friends and family, please share. If you have your own challenges or ideas to share, please comment below. Love having you as a part of the conversation!

Cheers!

Darlene

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