Get in the habit of writing down your novel ideas in just 30 minutes per day.
Have you ever wanted to write a book? Maybe a 70,000 word novel or a best selling children’s book? These have both been dreams of mine for longer than I remember and I’ve discovered the only thing stopping me is me!
Plot ideas for novels have never been a problem for me. I also have a few concepts for children’s book series. With all of these novel ideas it seems like I should be cranking out the books.
It’s not that easy though. Sometimes the idea of writing a book is so daunting the overwhelm gets the best of me. You might have a similar story.
I wanted to address the overwhelm issue of writing, so I decided the best way is to break it up into something more palatable.
Writing in 30 Minute Intervals
No matter what your big goal is, if it’s writing a novel like I want to do, learning a new language or starting an exercise program. Dedicate 30 minutes a day to your goal and it won’t seem like such and overwhelming task. After a month of working toward your goal you’ll be amazed at how far you’ve come with just 30 minutes a day.
NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, is coming up next month, so now is the perfect time to get started on my 30 minute a day novel idea writing challenge. With that said, now is the perfect time for you to get started on your 30 minute a day challenge too. Whether you have a similar goal as me or you want to learn or do something different, just 30 minutes a day can make it happen.
Finding 30 Minutes in Your Schedule
Not everyone has 30 minutes at the ready. I know looking at my day, finding that 30 minutes isn’t easy. I’m on the run with the kids from the time I get up through the afternoon. For the rest of the evening I’m getting work complete.
By the end of the day I’m too tired to concentrate on writing. I’ll have to focus on getting up a half hour earlier. This is doable because I can leave my computer in my room and get up without the kids detecting me. By the time they realize I’m up I should be done with my 30 minutes.
If you need some ideas on how to find 3o minutes into your day see if one of these methods will work for you.
- Get up earlier.
- Prep dinners in advance.
- Give up watching one TV show
- Work on your goal while the kids are doing homework
- Multitask. If you’re writing, find a dictation app for your phone and dictate ideas while you fold laundry.
- Go over your schedule and prioritize. Is there anything you really don’t need to do or want to do?
- Delegate some household work to make some extra time.
- Turn it into a family project.
No matter what your goal is, if you focus on those 30 minutes a day you’re sure to make headway on your project.
What goal would you like to work toward at 30 minutes a day? Share your ideas in the comments below!