Authors are, as a group, unorganized and easily distracted. Me, included.
After I find them additional hours a day to write, they fill that time up with nonwriting. Emails, Facebook, Twitter, online writing course, articles.
ONLY when you have the writing finished for the day, then and only then do you allow yourself to access distractions like email, CC, etc. They suck you into a time vacuum and you look up and an hour’s gone. Set a goal, maybe for a number of words. (I usually go for a scene, not words). When the scene is completed, you’re all set. If you have time aside for writing, FB and Twitter and the rest will happily wait while you write. Because if the writing doesn’t get finished, the rest doesn’t matter. You need to set a date by which to have the book complete. What? Blasphemy! Well, if you know roughly how long it takes per chapter, and how many chapters roughly remain in your outline, you have a number to hit. Yeah, the numbers will be off, but every evening will be like Christmas when you are banging it out and getting closer and closer to your goal of a completed book.
Get the goal set right now, today, and then lay it out. It’s February. If you follow this advice, your book’s first draft could be finished by the end of February, depending on how far along you are with it. Allow a few weeks for editing and beta readers, and maybe another draft, and on March 31, you’re ready to publish. Friend me on FB and I’ll help you at every step along the way, but odds are you will NEVER finish the way you are going, and I want you to finish! The first book is the hardest. When that’s over, you’ll wonder what all the fuss was about. Like driving a car. You could barely keep it on the road when you first climbed behind the wheel. Now you can talk on the phone, eat a cheeseburger, tune the radio, and drive simultaneously. It’s effortless.
Get to the writing first. All the rest will wait.
As good as it feels to do all the other stuff, how SATISFIED will you feel on Tuesday when you wrote for 4 hours on Monday? You’ll feel amazing.
Now, how will you feel on Tuesday if you did CC and Fb and email on Monday – and didn’t write?
Which feeling do you prefer?
Write. The other stuff will be just fine without you. Do that crap at lunch, do it at breakfast, or take a break from it for a month, but realize that IT IS PREVENTING YOUR BOOK FROM GETTING WRITTEN. A year from now will you be happier that you did emails and FB and CC, or put a book out that is selling?
Focus: keep your eyes on the prize.
Oh, and if you still need ways to find time to write, that’s here