There comes a point when each of my Finally Write Your Book VIP Mentorship Clients looks at the calendar and freaks out over how much they still want to write on their book and the time they have left in the program.
Here’s the tip I give them to squeeze “extra” writing time out of the day:
Yep, think more.
This isn’t WORRY more. It’s not beat yourself up because you’re not writing in this very moment.
Imagine what could happen if you re appropriated “wasted” time in your day to be planning what you’ll work on in your next writing session.
Here’s an example:
Say you’re going to write a story about that time you screwed up at work. You know you need to get yourself back into the moment:
- What were you feeling?
- What was said? By whom?
- How did you get to the moment of screw up?
- What happened next?
Not to mention the other details:
- Where were you?
- What did that place look like? Smell like? Sound like?
- What were you wearing?
- Who was there?
- What did they say, do, wear?
Putting all of these details in are how your reader engages and feels emotion. And because it’s non-fiction, you can’t just make up. You’ve got to bring out the pertinent details (and invent what you don’t remember clearly.)
No wonder your mini-goal writing session is hard! That’s a lot to think about, to capture on the page.
So move your THINKING out of your writing time.
Do all the remembering, both real and invented, during times when you’re on autopilot. Like while you’re in the shower, doing dishes, folding laundry, or exercising.
Note: this isn’t a great exercise for while you’re driving. But if you’re a passenger, go for it!
Then, when you sit down to write that scene, you don’t need to “get into the mood” or dive into the memory. That is already done! All you need to do is capture it on the page.
And just like that, you’re getting more writing “done” without sacrificing family time, your business, or your sleep!
I know that you set big goals for your book and your message. The pressure of the clock is universal – especially since today is October 1st and it feels like 2019 is over. (Hello pumpkin spice EVERYTHING, you’re the herald of “give up” season.)
But don’t give up!
You still have 90 days left in 2019. That’s a lot of time to work on your book and make it a reality.
I’m looking for two more authors who are ready – right now – to write their books. I’m opening a “pop up” mini-group of the VIP Mentorship that kicks off Monday, October 14. Unlike a typical group of 8-10 authors, this group is only for three. (One spot is filled.)
If you’re ready to write your book in 2019, click here to get on my calendar. We’ll jump on the phone to go over investment, timeline, and what you’ll get. Remember, you’ll be in a smaller group – so you’ll receive more individualized attention!