Malik Sharrieff

To say that the world we live in is hectic has got to be the understatement of the century!

If you’re like most of us, with already busy schedules you’re probably saying, “How can I make time to write?”

With all of the responsibilities we have as adults it does seem impossible to make time to write in an already busy day. Once we get beyond our already packed schedules lie all of the distractions of family and convenient entertainment. Sometimes, we’re just plain tired!

However, the truth is that if you make the choice to pursue a goal that you really want, you will make the time to go for it!

Part of the reason we struggle with making time is because we know that it’s a huge undertaking. Writing a manuscript isn’t like writing a letter to a friend.

Completing your manuscript requires dedication, research, creativity, and last but not least time (and a lot of it). So when time is an issue, how do we conquer it?

Break it down into smaller segments!

Attack your writing project as if you were eating an elephant… one bite at a time!

Chop the project into more manageable portions and schedule their completion. Then, stick to the schedule!

Use whatever small window of opportunity you can grab until you can get your manuscript finished. If you have thirty minutes while your baby is down for a nap, take it!

An hour while your son is at soccer, take it! A lunch break at work, take it! Take your computer with you and write on the train on your way to work. If you’ve only got a couple hours every Saturday, then reserve them for writing. Even better, record your prose on your phone and then use those few hours you have to transcribe what you dictated earlier.

You’ll be surprised at how much you can get accomplished if you are creative, dedicated and efficient with your minutes.

Remove from your mind that you need huge blocks of time in order to write. A book is not written chapter by chapter; books are written one word at a time! If you change the way you look at the project, you can change the way you schedule your production.

Think about it like this… even if you write for thirty minutes you’ve advanced your story. Do that enough and you’ll see progress!

As long as you keep moving forward, eventually you will get to…


Feel free to comment or ask questions below, or discuss how you were able to use your time more efficiently to complete your latest project.

Until next time, keep writing!



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