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You've worked eight grueling hours at the day job, walked the dog, done the dishes, and put the little ones to bed. How do you still complete your writer to-do list after all of that?
It might seem like there's never enough time, but you can find a way to create. You can publish regularly while balancing all those other tasks in your life.
I can show you how.
Jim Heskett publishes hundreds of thousands of words of fiction every year while maintaining a day job, family, and friends.
Want to know my secret?
I'll show you:
How to write fast and stick to a schedule
How to prioritize all your tasks to regularly push your words out the door
How to create time out of nothing so you can write
Stop beating yourself up for not accomplishing your writing goals. Take control of your life and learn how to be a Juggling Author!
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By Tatiana on 09-06-17
Inspired Me to Make More Time for My Writing
Short version: this book inspired me to write more. I got it a month ago and have been writing daily ever since. What more do you need?
For the long version, here we go. Essentially, this book attempts to provide a system for approaching and navigating the world of indie publishing, particularly on a tight schedule. The author writes suspense books and publishes several per year, and in this book he shares concrete information about how he does it. Personally, I have dabbled in writing fiction for years, but also have another profession I have no intention of giving up. Though I have published successfully in the past, I thought there might be some useful information here. There was.
The author is genuinely funny, and uses lots of colorful anecdotes to drive home points that every writer should understand, but which often form the dividing line between hobbyists and professional authors. Case in point: the muse chapter. I particularly enjoyed this one. Here he refutes the commonly cited excuse of needing to feel some mystical sense of "inspiration" in order to write, prefacing quite neatly with the phrase, "Your muse is a useless asshole." Ha! So true!
For me, the good information basically started at Chapter 3. Prior to that, he is just telling you what to expect from the book. Here are some of the points I personally found to be highlights.
Push back: the idea that you do not in fact get four times as much done in 8 hours as you would in 2. If you have a lot of time, you tend to waste a lot of it.
Making time. If you only have 20 minutes to write, then write for 20 minutes.
Goal tracking. Track your progress daily on a calendar. Get into a streak and don't break the chain of successful days. This is the same concept many of those time-sucking mobile games use to hook you, and it works: they record every day you log in to tap a bunch of nonsense on their game, and give increasing bonuses you when you log in several days in a row. The best ones give you a major reward if you log in every day for a month, a year, etc. I once played a mindless tapping game every day for six months for this exact reason, even if it was just to log in to collect the reward. So this idea is bound to help me make time to write EVERY SINGLE DAY. That's a win.
Scrivener. Software for writers? How did I miss this? I'm a software developer AND a writer, and I write my fiction in a programmer's text editor called Kate. Of course, I use Linux so that may be part of it, but this . . . this is a game changer.
There are several other useful items, but this has gone on long enough and I want you to have time to listen to the book.
So yes, I recommend this one.
A free copy of this audiobook was provided to me at my request by the author, publisher or narrator. This did not in any way affect the opinions I have expressed.
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By Challa Fletcher on 10-09-17
Standard Advice In A New Way
The narration of this book was good and lively.
The advice that this book provide you might have heard in other places with the exception to the social media info and how to do 4 books a year. the shortest summation of the book is "Sit down make a plan to fit your life, stuck to it and throw in this formula and you can kick out 3 to 4 books a year." but as with any good advice it was a much needed reminder if the advice you have to just do it so do it!
I would recommend the book and I plan on getting the social media guide as that is the biggest tool writers need in this now digital age.