One of the biggest complaints I hear from writers, especially those who work full-time jobs and write in their off-time (which is most of them), is that they don’t have time to write. I’m about to share with you a strategy to make time to write, even if you don’t have more than 10 minutes a day, with a few simple ingredients.
Now, you don’t have to buy from the links I’m including below. I do get paid if you buy from amazon using those links, but there are less expensive alternatives. This just means they would come to you all bundled up in one box, nice and convenient, instead of having to shop around for them.
The Bare Basics
Black journal: ($9.99)
Package of Bic pens: ($1.99)
Navy totebag: ($5.90)
Your list of items could stop right here and you wouldn’t be left hurting. As long as you bring this tote with you everywhere you go, along with an outline of your story or your book, you can grab any 10 minute segment of time that you find and write. You might think writing by hand is old-fashioned, but the honest truth is that even the slowest writer can hand write 20 words per minute, and that translates to 200 words in 10 minutes. Multiply that 200 words by 300 days – or just under a year – and you have a full-length novel completed.
I recommend keeping a story outline with you because quite often the first few minutes of writing time is spent trying to remember what we were writing in the first place. This keeps it with you so you can just look back at it and pick up where you left off.
3 Ring Binder: ($3.50)
2 Pocket Pencil Pouch: ($3.99)
Big Tab Erasable Dividers: ($1.49)
Total without the book: $26.86
What to put in the binder? Pens go in the pencil pouch so you always know where to find them. Your divider gets broken up into sections. For fiction writers, it’s outline, characters, settings, references, and notes. For non-fiction writers, the first tab is your outline, the next tab is your source material, and then the next tabs are whatever fits the type of book you’re writing. That way you have everything you need with you and you can quickly look up anything you need to know if you have any questions while you’re on the go.
Yes, I’m going to shamelessly plug my own book. So far, the people who have read the book and left reviews have given it very high marks, so I have no hesitation in recommending it to you. And, at just under $15, it doesn’t add that much to your tab.
The Write Time: How to find all the time you need to write a book: ($14.99)
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