10 responses to “Guest post: 8 painless steps to make time to write a book”

  1. Anjuli

    What great words of advice– I especially liked your point number 6– I find sometimes it is best to just “vomit” out all the words that are in me- and then go back later to ‘clean up’ what should not be there! (sorry …gross example)

    1. Michelle V. Rafter

      Gross, but apt. Some days – especially if I’m writing in the afternoon when I’m close to brain dead – I force myself to put words on the page. Anything is better than starting off the next morning with a blank page. And quite often I surprise myself by actually making sense. 🙂


  2. Susan Johnston

    So true, Laura. I’m working on an ebook manuscript right now. Not as daunting as a full-length book, but still overwhelming at times. Finally I broke my outline into weekly deadlines, and I email a section to my virtual assistant for her to review each Friday. Even if there are holes here and there where I still need to track down a stat or flesh out a section, I’ve learned that it’s more important to have a framework than let yourself get mired in the details. A wise writer said, “don’t get it right. Get it written.”

    1. Laura Vanderkam

      Susan- thanks for your comments. Yes, getting over perfectionism is hard but it is so much easier to edit what exists than what doesn’t. Just do something!

  3. Sheila Callahan


    Wonderful post. EXTREMELY helpful. I was at the launch party of your first book and am so impressed with your output. I’m intrigued to try nanowrimo.

    Michelle, Thanks for all the great work you do. I’m so glad you invited Laura to do a guest blog.

    1. Laura Vanderkam

      Thanks so much – I remember your coming to that party! I try to crank out a lot 🙂 Hopefully the volume helps it all get better.

    2. Michelle V. Rafter

      You’re welcome. I’m starting to run guest posts on a weekly basis. If you know someone you think would be a great guest for WordCount, or if you have an idea for a guest post on writing, blogging or running a freelance business, let me know.


  4. Tia Bach

    Great post. I’m printing #4 & #5 and pinning it to my bulletin board of importance. I used to think I was a great multi-tasker, and maybe I am, but years of this (I’m a mom to three girls 11, 9 & 6) actually caused me to be less productive. I have a hard time sitting down to one task now, and I need to focus. Thanks for the reminder, Laura (and thanks Michelle for featuring such great posts here!).

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