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Ok. I have all my plans and everything laid out, but I just can't find the time to finish writing it.  What can I do?  Should I just set a specific time frame for just writing my book?

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Megan:

Different strategies work for different people.  One option is to set aside a specific time every day to write.  For some people, it means getting up earlier than normal and writing before the rest of the household wakes up.  For others, it means staying up later.  Or whatever can work for you.

Other people, if they have this luxury, will dedicate a full evening (or morning or afternoon) one day per week... when they can manage to have no other obligations.  It may mean getting a sitter if you have kids (or convincing the spouse to take 'em somewhere) or other special arrangements.

The best thing to do is take an honest look at your schedule.  Most people do have time to spare.  Sure, you may have to stop watching TV so often.  You may need to make other sacrifices.  But the time is almost always there to be found.  You just have to be serious about rearranging your normal schedule.  

Oh, and yes... for many writers, having a specific schedule to adhere to for writing is very helpful.

Good luck!

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Vincent M. Wales

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I am a speculative fiction novelist (fantasy, science fiction, and so on). While I may be able to answer questions on non-fiction, my specialty is fiction. Please keep that in mind when asking questions.

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For four years, I taught a series of fiction writing classes in Sacramento, CA.

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BA in fiction writing.

Awards and Honors
My 2004 novel, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, won BEST FICTION in Fresh Voices 2006, BEST FICTION and BEST YA FICTION in the NCPA Book Awards, and placed as a finalist in BEST BOOKS 2005. In 2002, my novel WISH YOU WERE HERE won awards for Best Fantasy and Best Fiction/Drama in the 8th Annual SPA Awards. My latest work is a trilogy titled THE MANY DEATHS OF DYNAMISTRESS (a superhero memoir). The first book, RECKONING, was released in 2013 and won the SF category in the 2014 San Francisco Book Festival, took second place in the 2013 Royal Dragonfly Book Awards for the SF/Fantasy/Paranormal category, second place in the SF category of the 2013 Reader Views Reviewers Choice Awards, and was finalist in Foreword's 2013 Book of the Year Awards, Fantasy category. The second book, REDEMPTION, will be released in early 2015 and the final book, RENAISSANCE, is scheduled for release in late 2016.

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