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Writing a Book in Only Ten Minutes a Day

Want to write a book, but don’t have much time on your hands?

By Elise L. BlakePublished 3 years ago 4 min read
Writing a Book in Only Ten Minutes a Day
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With the current state of the world, some of us are even busier now than we were before this all began. Yes, I’m aware that sounds insane, but I also know it first hand.

I went from working a full-time forty-plus-hour-a-week job in management to being 100% unemployed for the first time in my life. The relaxing feeling only lasted a little while before the panic of where the next meal was going to come from settled in. It was hard to find the time to write while constantly looking for a new job and taking on as many small and freelance jobs as I could to keep the heat on.

Then I had the crazy idea of using this time to go back to school online while now looking for remote work to afford it.

My days all started to rush into hyperdrive as they all became the same routine. Wakeup. Make Coffee. Check emails. Check job sites. Work. Work. Work. Homework. Work. Work. Shower. Bed


I realized too late that online classes are nothing like in-person classes. Each semester runs right into the other. Take final exams on Sunday and the new semester starts up on Monday.

After a few weeks of this, I had the explosive idea for a book I needed to write based on a Goosebumps episode I had watched with my dad while reading a textbook.

I had all of the story playing like a scene in my head. I jumped from the couch and made quick notes of everything I was thinking in case it flew out of my head as fast as it had flown in.

The only problem was now finding the time to write it.

Spoiler alert! I did this by taking just ten minutes and dedicating them to my novel.

Between taking care of yourself, spouses, children, pets, laundry, cooking, cleaning, and anything else you have going on in your life if you can find ten spare minutes in a day you can write a book.

I‘ve had you waiting long enough so now I’ll tell you the big secret.

Determination and preparation.

Not much of a secret really, was it?


We both know it brought you to this article trying to find the way to write your story with the little amount of time you have available.

You need to keep that feeling with you every day. You’re tired, you're stressed, you want to catch up on your favorite shows, you need to go food shopping…etc…etc.

That’s all great, but maybe instead of scrolling through social media before bed type out a paragraph or two.

While you’re out driving to the food store, folding laundry, even washing the dishes use a voice-to-text app to get the words on the page. It will need a lot of editing later, but at least the words will be out there. The bonus of this is that we speak faster than we type so you’ll fly through your paragraphs.

Add writing to your list of daily self-care items. Make it a routine. Maybe wake up ten minutes earlier than normal just to give you this time to write.

If you want to watch a tv show or catch up on the news in your spare time, write during the commercials.

According to the data, A&E Group 17 minutes and 49 seconds of ad time per primetime hour on national TV, while Warner Media had 14 minutes and 32 seconds on average of ad time per primetime hour -A. Guttmann


The average person can write forty words per minute. If you take just ten minutes each day to your book then you’ll finish it in 175 days! That’s faster than it was getting written before… when you weren’t writing it.

Don’t take the time for granted and never go into it half-hearted.

If you are only going to sit down at your computer for ten minutes in the day to type, know what is going onto that page before your butt touches the seat.

Take ten minutes one day to write out a rough outline for your story so you can follow the trail each time you sit down. If you’re not sure how to outline there are many books available out there to teach you, but my personal recommendation is Save the Cat by Jessica Brody. This took my novel outlines from some post-it notes to full-page layouts, I follow her beat sheet almost religiously.

Using this outline will also help you avoid the dreaded writers' block that plagues even the greats sometimes.

Yes, you can write a novel in only ten minutes a day.

No, it’s not going to be easy.

I wrote the majority of mine in the ten minutes I sat on the edge of my tub wearing a burning exfoliation mask before bed.

As the only saying goes, you only get out of it what you put into it, so give it you're all.

If you work better by bribery, buy your favorite treat, but only allow yourself a piece if you’ve finished your writing for the day. (I bribe myself with hazelnut chocolates when writing and Watermelon Sour Patch when working on school essays)

Go on and get writing.

Then keep writing.



About the Creator

Elise L. Blake

Elise is a full-time writing coach and novelist. She is a recent college graduate from Southern New Hampshire University where she earned her BA in Creative Writing.

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