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Time to Write

One of the questions I’m asked most frequently, is ‘how did you find the time to write?’

It’s a valid question – and like a lot of people, I have a full-time job, as well as family and other commitments; and writing a book is a long and arduous process that requires large chunks of time.

The  answer  is  – if it means enough to you, then you will find the time.

I know that might sound old-school and a bit psycho-motivational; but it’s absolutely true – some things have to give way for what’s really important – and if you want to get your book written, then you have to find the time.

A book doesn’t write itself, and unlike other hobbies and past-times, writing is a solitary process – they’re your ideas, it’s your story, and the only one who can finish it is you.

I made it a priority – in the main, it was one night a week; where I would focus solely on writing – however long it would take to get done what I wanted to do in that session. I didn’t let myself stop until I was finished. Some pieces came together quickly; others took longer. If I had a few days off work, then I could do a couple of days in a row.

Did it mean I sacrificed work and family, and other important commitments? Not at all.

I did those things and still made time to write, where it could be my sole focus, for as long as I needed in that day or week. Things like TV-time and other things that we can find ourselves caught up in were what I gave up.

Writing a book is like a lot of other things in life, where you put in a lot of hours, striving for a goal – it’s hard, it’s lonely, and there are times when you ask yourself whether it’s worth it – but when you succeed – when you have the hard copy of the book in your hand, and when you hear readers say how much they enjoyed the book – then all the work to get there seems like nothing at all, and you feel on top of the world.

Published on July 26, 2019

WRITTEN BY

Matt Galanos

Matt Galanos is the author of a fantasy fiction series about the adventures of Dane Thorburn and his friends, as they battle the growing forces of evil in the city of Brindabeare and across the whole of Valentaland.

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