Allot of writers ask the same question, ‘When should I write?’ Most authors have their own way of doing things. Some wakeup at the crack of dawn, do their yoga and write a chapter while sipping a green tea. Some of us, scribble in a notebook on a bumpy bus, on our way to work. Others treat it like a job, they set goals for themselves. They’re going to write so many words, pages, or a chapter everyday. The truth is, you have to figure out what works best for you.

I know what you’re thinking, ‘how do I do that?’ It really comes down to self discipline. Not everybody has the time to spend four hours writing a book everyday. From this day forth you shall be known as ‘Keyboard Ninjas.’ Why? Because you are the type of person who has to carve time out of your day with a katana. You have to sacrifice and be sneaky like a ninja. Maybe you have kids and they’re always on the computer, or work ridiculous hours, perhaps you just don’t manage your time well.

Here’s what you do: Wait till the noisy kids are gone to bed or off doing something else. Get yourself a legal notepad and a great pen. That way you have plenty of time to plan out your story before you sit down to write. Plan my story you say? A lot of writers don’t plan, some feel it stiffles their creativity. I write tons of notes when I create my stories. Many times that story comes to life and I don’t use most of the notes. Don’t get frustrated, it happens.

Don’t let a single day slip by without writing. When you don’t write, you won’t finish. The professionals are the amateurs who never gave up.