167. How I Found Time to Write a Book

Today’s topic is fresh on my mind because I just turned in the second round of edits for the manuscript of my next book. It comes out in early 2023 and I’m so excited about it!

In this episode, we “pull back the curtain” on publishing and share what I’ve learned about writing books, the mistakes I’ve made, and how I found time to write this book.

Whether you have dreams of writing a book one day, are a published author, or need some inspiration to tackle a big project, I hope you find this episode helpful and encouraging. I share how I approach writing, why an outline is key, how I break the project down into bite-sized pieces, how I use Google calendar to keep me on track, the amount of time I spent on writing each day, and a number of tips that helped me to stay on task and be really thrilled with the (almost) finished product!

The strategies I employed to make the time to write this book are ones you could implement with many different big projects — even if you never, ever plan to write a book or truly despise writing.

In This Episode

[0:35] – I announce that I just turned in the second draft of my new book!

[1:16] – Today’s tips can be applied to any large project, not just a book.

[2:39] – Our girls had prom last night! We share some of our favorite parts of the experience.

[8:19] – I just finished reading Fostered by Tori Hope Petersen.

[11:20] – I recently got a Milliard body pillow and totally understand why people love them!

[14:40] – Today’s episode is sponsored by CodeSpark Academy.

[16:44] – I dive into how I found time to write a book.

[19:38] – How a book about time management came to be.

[21:50] – One of my biggest time management secrets is streaming and simplifying.

[23:54] – I was my own case study about time management while writing this book.

[25:52] – How I use Google calendar to keep me on track.

[27:34] – Reading the manuscript out loud is one strategy I’ve found to be so helpful.

[29:27] – I describe the challenge of writing a book while pregnant.

[30:57] – Jesse touches upon why it was easier for me to make changes to this book.

[33:26] – I can’t write well for longer than 45 minutes.

[35:45] – Jesse offers insight into why my time block method is better than a word count method.

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