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Time to Write: Professional writers reveal how to fit writing into your busy life Kindle Edition

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About the Author

Kelly L. Stone is a freelance writer, novelist, and licensed counselor with a master's degree in counseling. She established her writing career while holding down a full-time job and since then, her articles and essays have appeared in Family Circle, Writer's Digest, Cat Fancy, Chicken Soup for the Soul, and A Cup of Comfort. Her first novel, Grave Secret, was published in 2007. She lives with her family in Atlanta.

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  • File Size: 679 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media (December 1, 2007)
  • Publication Date: December 1, 2007
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0047O2HAQ
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Rhonda Berry on February 18, 2008
Format: Paperback
I read most of this within one sitting and found it quick and easy to read. Don't let the name fool you: yes, you will learn proven strategies for fitting writing time into a busy schedule. You will learn how some famous and successful authors make writing work for them. But you will also learn so much more - how to create an action plan for your writing; how to balance writing with your family life; etc. It's a good read.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth on May 8, 2008
Format: Paperback
The advice in this book was a kick in the pants to a procrastinator like me. It made me realize that the secluded cabin to write in wasn't going to happen, and that most successful authors struggle with time to write just like me! Some of the advice is practical and almost common sense, but good to hear just the same! This book gets a thumbs up from me!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jack Fleming on June 18, 2008
Format: Paperback
Time to Write is a must read for aspiring writers and, indeed, anyone who wishes to grow and improve writing skills-- and to deal with problems common to all writers such as getting started, finding a time and place to write, and writer's block. As writers ,we wish this valuable, well written and inspiring book had been available to us when we started years ago.
Carolyn and Jack Fleming
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rafael Juarez Olivares on May 15, 2008
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This book is done thinking in really help those to want to write a have a lot of excuses not to do it. The book has only one supposition: You have a burning desire of writing. If you do not have it, the book most probably will failure in being useful to you. On the other hand, if you have such desire, buy the book asking for help and obey the instructions, you will receive the guide. This book will not tell you about characters nor plotting, it is extremely well focused in having time to write. Personally, my opinion is first you need to solve your life for getting time to write, after that generate a lot of pages and finally review them as required. The first step is make time to write. Without time to write you will not have a page to review or edit or show to your friends. This book will tell you how to accommodate the pieces of your life just after waking up or before going to sleep for having time to write. If you do not know where to start try this.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Quinley VINE VOICE on April 5, 2008
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Kelly Stone offers a tidy little treasure trove of inspiration and practical tips for those who want to write but who just can't find the time. She offers practical strategies on how to find nooks and crannies in one's schedule to devote to writing. View the book as a buffet of ideas. Some may not be to your liking - like getting up at 5 AM - but others may resonate with you.

Stone draws liberally from other published writers who have used various tips and tricks to fit writing in their busy schedules and reconcile with the demands of a full-time job, child-rearing etc.

I would rank this book as slightly below "Write is a Verb" by Bill O'Hanlon, but that is not a lethal criticism. Both are good books. This one focuses on the time management challenges of would-be writers.

Well worth your investment of time!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Laura Cross on March 20, 2010
Format: Paperback
Aspiring authors often put off writing a book because they can't seem to find the time. In Time To Write, author Kelly Stone offers practical advice and solid methods, along with a heavy dose of inspiration, to help writers stop procrastinating and get to writing. With tips from more than 100 successful authors, Time To Write is packed with valuable information on:

* Time management
* Creating a writing schedule
* Action plans
* Motivation strategies
* Establishing writing routines
* Outlining and achieving goals

Warning: once you read this book you'll have no more excuses for not finding the time to write.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By margaret_yang on February 24, 2012
Format: Paperback
from book blogger Margaret Yang writingslices.wordpress.com

The Secret to Finding Time to Write isn't really a secret. In order to write, one must schedule it into the day. The benefits are many: it forms a habit, keeps you in the flow of the story, makes you accountable to yourself, and builds up momentum. Even more important is the psychological shift. A person who writes every day begins to think of herself as a writer. How can she not?

But Stone is realistic. We all have days packed to the brim with activities. Nobody "finds" time to write. Writers make the time. They do it by giving up something else. TIME TO WRITE is full of suggestions for dealing with distractions. A successful writer either zaps those time-wasters before sitting down at the desk, or puts them off until the writing is done. Above all, we have to protect the writing schedules we've worked so hard to obtain.

Then there's family. Most time-management books for writers give a cursory look at this topic, as if spouse and children will enjoy the writer ignoring them in favor of her imaginary friends. Stone has ideas for managing young children, older children, and spouses. She explains how to get the family on board with the writer's schedule and set (and keep) boundaries, both physical and temporal. The goal is a happy writer and a happy family. It can be done.

Stone lost me in the middle of TIME TO WRITE when I came to chapters about how to get ideas and how to use them. They seemed a huge digression that had nothing to do with the basic premise of the book. Ditto chapters about writer's block and dealing with your inner critic. A book on time management should not, itself, waste my time by straying from the topic at hand.
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