21 Reasons You Think You Don't Have Time to Write

Reasons You Think You Don t Have Time to Write You are letting people tell you that you should be doing other things with your time You can t live with the level of clean that your family accepts as normal You haven t decided to treat your w

  • Title: 21 Reasons You Think You Don't Have Time to Write
  • Author: Mette Ivie Harrison
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 171
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • 1 You are letting people tell you that you should be doing other things with your time.2 You can t live with the level of clean that your family accepts as normal.3 You haven t decided to treat your writing seriously and so no one around you treats it seriously, either.4 You haven t made yourself a writing space.5 You haven t realized that you need help.6 You do what1 You are letting people tell you that you should be doing other things with your time.2 You can t live with the level of clean that your family accepts as normal.3 You haven t decided to treat your writing seriously and so no one around you treats it seriously, either.4 You haven t made yourself a writing space.5 You haven t realized that you need help.6 You do what is urgent rather than what is necessary.7 You don t let your kids and other people solve their own problems.8 You think that someday you will have time for writing.9 You are spending time doing things you actually don t care about.10 You are actually using distractions as an excuse not to write.11 You are terrified of writing, of actually sitting down and putting yourself on the page.12 You are too busy criticizing the best selling books that you are reading to write something better.13 You don t know what to do with a blank page.14 You don t know how to turn off your internal editor.15 You talk a good game, but you don t play it.16 You need to do a little planning and research before you start.17 You don t actually like writing You like having written Join the club 18 You need to write the first line of the next chapter before leaving for the day.19 You need to spend time remembering what it is you love about writing.20 You have convinced yourself that you need 2 hours to write and don t know how to use the 20 minute chunks you actually have.21 You don t have notebooks scattered through the house, including in the bathroom, to jot down inspiration.

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    1. I first heard about Mette Ivie Harrison's 21 Reasons You Think You Don't Have Time to Write when she was a guest on the podcast Writing Excuses. On the podcast, she explained that she wrote the book because people were constantly asking her how to find time to write. Only when it came down to it, it was less about scheduling time and more about eliminating excuses. That's what this book is really about.While reading this book, I found myself constantly wishing I had found it a year ago. It's a s [...]

    2. This book did have some very useful information in it, and I even highlighted some of it for me to go back and read later. But, the main problem was that by the end of the book, the topics were actually not reasons that you think you don't have time to write, but instead were the things you should be doing. They were advice listings and not the problem reasons to overcome. The other thing that was hard for me to get through was the mechanical errors that may have been introduced in publishing bu [...]

    3. I'm torn. There are a few bits of really useful information here, but the book badly, BADLY needs an editor. There was no organization and points were not "elaborated" so much as "digressed from" and "talked around". There was probably as much advice about maintaining a home and family as there was about finding time to write, and Harrison has a peculiar tendency to casually diagnose herself as mentally ill--a habit that walks right up to the boundary of good taste.Presentation was also an issue [...]

    4. I thought this was very helpful in pointing out possible hindrances for writers, including myself. I thought her presentation of each point was done in such a way that it was flexible and adaptable to all kinds of situations, even ones that aren't necessarily writing related. Overall I found it helpful to me in understanding myself as a writer, and also something that could help others in my life that would like to understand some of what it is to be a writer. The only thing that bothered me a l [...]

    5. Short book filled with advice on removing the obstacles between your desire to write and you actually getting those words on the page. I read this with two hats on. As an ML for nanowrimo I noted a few pointers useful for those struggling to start a novel or to carve out time in busy lives during the annual November writing challenge, although there was nothing I wouldn't have already known myself. As a writer myself I bookmarked a couple of frank tips which will help me to stop hiding behind hi [...]

    6. It was a very quick read, probably about 45 minutes at most. I liked some of the anecdotes and I highlighted some advice. Unfortunately, I feel like this could very easily be a blog series instead of a book. I get trying to capitalize on your advice, but blog clicks would probably be just as good. If the book wasn't only $0.99, I wouldn't have bought it and I wouldn't recommend anyone else spending more than that. I think the parts about motherhood/marriage and a writing career had some particul [...]

    7. Mette gives some of the best writing advice here. Each point of advice is well thought out. She's inspirational with the way that she addresses how to make the most of what little time you have. She makes a good case on how to overcome major conflicts and everyday frustrations in life and still be able to make time to write. In the end, she provides the aspiring writer with strong motivation to manage time and take control of life. This read is a major inspiration for me as an aspiring writer. I [...]

    8. The title is 21 Reasons You Think You Don't Have Time to Write. Well, there's at least two on the list that aren't as the title suggests, but more along the lines of writing helpful suggestions. I enjoyed this read as another's perspective on the craft, but sometimes it did feel like a lecture and not always by someone with as high a level of education as the author claims. I do not mean that to say she doesn't have a doctorate degree, but this book probably could have benefited from a little mo [...]

    9. All writer's have things that can get in the way of their writing. Mette uses her vast experience to expose these hang-ups and how best to avoid or maneuver them. Not all 21 points will apply to everyoneor maybe not yet. We're all at different places, but it's easy to see that most writers will encounter them at some point in their writingeven if they see it in someone else.This is a great way to re-charge your work ethic. Great tips and insights all crammed into a quick-read. A clear recipe for [...]

    10. Most of these apply.As a 26 year old husband and father working retail, I can say that nearly every point made in this book can be applied to me. The author points out several methods of dealing with these, some of which I already knew, some I did not. The most important point however is that all of my excuses for not writing are just that: excuses. Time is an authors most important commodity, and the author has helped me realize that I have wasted far too much of it already.

    11. I felt this book had good advice about writing, but also good advice about meeting goals in general. Mette Ivie Harrison approaches the process of writing like any other sort of long-term life goal. She breaks the process down into smaller goals and objectives that need to be met in order to achieve the larger goal. I appreciated the very practical approach presented in this short book.

    12. I picked this book up for free on Kindle after hearing the author, Mette Ivie Harrison, on the podcast Writing Excuses. It served as a quick dose of advice which was a mix of common sense and encouragement. I enjoyed the short anecdotes she used to punctuate each reason. Truly, you should think of this book as more of a short essay from the author to anyone who wants to write.

    13. Harrison gives a lot of good advice in this quick read. Some of the reasons mentioned and discussed are ones that I have had. This book has really encouraged me to step up my writing and do something about these excuses. I definitely recommend this book. Furthermore, I highly recommend the podcast "Writing Excuses" for similar advice.

    14. This book struck so many chords with me, I felt Mette Ivie Harrison was plagiarising my life. This was an emotional read for me.Needless to say, I have made changes.

    15. Fun, informative and thought provoking read for any writer. Mette really focuses on the writer taking responsibility for not writing as often as we should.

    16. Some good pieces of advice here, it was definitely worth reading although marred a bit by formatting issue.

    17. Yeah, there's a few home truths and helpful tips in there. Ouch. I consider myself prodded. Could have done with an edit, though, there were some truly awful typos.

    18. Great, quick read. There were actually lots of typos but more importantly, good insights. A good tool for motivation.

    19. Excellent MotivationMettle Ivie Harrison presents the frustrated or procrastinating writer with strategies to move forward with their writing. If you think you don't have time too write, I definitely recommend this book. I didn't give it five stars because of the number of typos, but this book truly contains excellent advice.

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