Plan your non fiction book #16 – getting your writing timetable to work for you

Important factors for your writing timetable to work

It’s not just about putting pen to paper there are some other factors that you need to consider when starting to write:-


You need discipline – full stop. Sometimes it is very difficult being disciplined and getting on with your plan, writing or editing. The dog needs walking, the kids need feeding, and your clothes need ironing! Look at your writing plan, the number of words you set yourself and the time you allowed. Stick to it and you will create a habit. When you have created a habit, this will be hard to break. Consider the behavioural patterns that you have, understand yourself and try to flex your style.

Setting boundaries

  • Let your important people know that you need time and space to write
  • Give yourself permission to take the time out to write
  • When it comes to writing, set a timer so that you write for your optimal period of time and ensure you take a rest

Creating THE right environment for you

Where gives you the most peace to write?

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Turn all the noise off; that means phones, internet and any other distraction. Do you need to go to a coffee shop or sit in a cafe? Is there a space in your home that is just right for you? What about a certain chair or room? Only you will know.

Right tools

Pen, paper, computer, Dictaphone etc. What do you need? Nothing is more frustrating than discovering that there is no paper or ink in your printer when you need to print and edit.

Right frame of mind

there is not one formula for creating a writing timetable. there is only your formulaYour mind-set may be fixed with certain beliefs about your ability to write this book. I want you to challenge that fixed system, take a hammer to it and shatter it.

Using the power of positive thought is well documented. Feeling positive about yourself and your book is no different and will result in successful outcomes. Where you focus your thoughts, actions will follow and consistent actions lead to great habits.

Breathe and meditate, just let your unconscious mind go free. Settle and ground yourself. Ask yourself, what do you have to do to get into the right frame of mind?


Without a doubt when you get to the end of your first draft you will need to stop and leave your work for at least one week. There will be other times that you need to stop and think. Factor them in. Sometimes procrastination is just the way our brains are saying –‘I’ve had enough, just for now.’ Stop and reflect often.

Diary, to-do list or timetable

Where are you going to record the dates and times for your writing timetable? Using your day-to-day digital diaries is great as you have a visual of when and if you can set an alarm as an auditory reminder of when to start.

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Plan your non fiction book in a weekend has been designed to help you to be able to undertake all of the vital planning tasks that make writing a book – simple and stress free

Each day to help you create your book, I am going to answer these essential planning questions:-

  • What kind of planner am I and why is this important to know?
  • What tools and resources do I need?
  • What is the process and cost of writing and publishing a book?
  • How long will it take me?
  • How do I get ideas for my book?
  • How do I choose the ONE big idea for my book?
  • What is an outline and how do I create one?
  • How can I structure my chapters?
  • How do I create and use a book proposal?



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