42. I’m Motivated to Write But I Don’t Have Time

I wanted to address a comment that I’ve heard many aspiring writers say, which is, “I’m really motivated to write but I just don’t have time.”


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The comment is usually followed by a list of reasons why you don't have time. You get up, you make lunches, you go to work, you pick up the kids, you make dinner, you clean up, you get everyone to bed, you go to bed and then the day ends, and then the whole thing starts over again tomorrow. And you didn’t get to write, even though you were motivated to and wanted to. It'll be a similar type of story even if you don't have kids, if your thought is that you don’t have time to write, you always have a list of reasons why.


I’m not saying that they’re not good reasons, I’m not going to argue with the math of it, but chances are you do have 30-minutes once or twice a week to write.

But you don’t do it.


Because the real thought you have is that 30-minutes is not enough. You think that if you don’t have enough time to write, it’s not worth doing.

Your current life is what it is. However much time you have is how much time you have. Unless you’re willing to make some drastic life changes like quitting your job or leaving your family, you’re going to have to work with what you have. Which might be 30-minutes, twice a week.


Let’s pretend for a moment that it was possible to write a book while only spending 30-minutes twice a week writing. At the end of the year, book done or not, you would have 52 hours of writing done. You’d have 52 hours of learning how to be a writer. Is that worth doing?

Thinking that you don’t have enough time to get into writing means that you don’t do any writing.


You can’t tell yourself that you are motivated to write when you aren’t actually writing. If you were truly motivated to write, you would take that 30-minutes.

If you're telling yourself you're motivated but aren’t writing, that thought is not a great thought for you. I know, it sounds like such a great thought to have. But everyone is different. It’s not the same coaching for every person. This is why working with a coach 1-on-1 is so helpful. For someone else, thinking that they are motivated to write may help them write, but if you’re thinking it and not writing, it’s a lie and it’s not working for you.


If you think that the only way to write a book is by spending a lot of time writing, and you don’t have a lot of time to give, you are never going to write a book.

And if you think that 30-minutes is not enough, you are vastly underestimating what you can get done by just doing a little bit.

If this blog resonated with you, the only way for you to write a book is by doing a little bit at a time.


30-minutes of calm, focused writing can actually be more effective than trying to spend an entire day writing when you are overwhelmed and stressed.


Give it a try. Write for 30-minutes, twice a week, or even once a week, and see if you make any progress.


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