What to do When You Can’t Find the Time to Start Writing your Book

Ellen Violette
3 min readFeb 24, 2021
Time Management for Book Writing

The truth is that you are lying to yourself. I know that sounds harsh but it’s true. We all have the same 24 hours in a day, so authors who write find the time to do it and authors who don’t write, don’t find the time to do it.

So, the first thing you have to do is be determined and DECIDE.

Ask yourself, “How important is it to me to write this book?” If it is important to you and you know that you desperately WANT to write your book, you’ll take the necessary steps to make it happen.

The first step is to figure out why you haven’t started already. Do you need some instruction?

Or, are you afraid to write a book, and if so why?

Are you afraid of failure? Or, success? or both?

Or, is it that you are booked up?

Now, if you really are booked up and do have time constraints, then you’ll have to figure out your writing style. Can you write in short spurts or do you need larger blocks of time to write your book?

And then, look at your calendar and determine where you could create the time you need. You may have to give up something else in order to write your book.

If so, the next question to ask yourself, is “What am I willing to give up? What can I say no to and get off my calendar, so I can say yes to writing my book?”

Then, schedule it. Because what gets scheduled gets done and what doesn’t get scheduled doesn’t get done. Of course, sometimes life happens and you have to rearrange the schedule. Maybe there’s an emergency at home, or you’ve got a tech issue or internet interruption and it throws your schedule off. In that case, don’t cross off your book writing time and move on. Make up that session by rescheduling it because the more you can stick to your schedule, the more confidence it will give you to know that you will write this book!

And if you simply cannot reschedule, move forward, but as I mentioned last week, use the “never miss twice” rule and do not allow it to lapse for a second time because the more you miss, the easier it is to give up.

So, if you want to write a book, take ownership of the process and make it happen. You…



Ellen Violette

Book coach/strategist, multiple #1 bestselling author, podcaster for inspirational speakers and visionaries. Grammy-nominated.http://www.booksopendoors.com