The Myth of “If I Had Time”

We’ve all heard it many times: “I’d write a book if only I had the time!”

This is false. You are NEVER going to have the time. You will always have homework, or overtime at your job, or laundry piling up, or children to feed. It will never get easier - if anything, you will have less time as you get older and keep adding responsibilities. The only way to write is to MAKE time.

If you want something you have to work for it, even if it means giving up other things. Do you want to succeed more than watching TV? Do you want to reach your goal more than going out tonight? Do you want to follow your dream more than playing on the internet?

I see so many people who sit around and complain that they would do something IF. IF they won the lottery. IF they had more time. IF they were lucky. But the truth is, there is no IF. If you want it, you will find a way to make it happen, no matter what it takes.

I recently went to a seminar featuring a number of NY Times Bestselling authors, and their advice was always “be persistent.” If you keep working on your dream you will succeed at it. Luck or talent can help, but persistence and passion never fail.

If you want to write a book you have to treat writing like a second job. If you have another dream, of acting, or going back to school, or meeting the right guy or girl, you have to do something to make it happen. No one is going to just hand you your dream – you have to reach out and grab it for yourself.

Now get out there and make it happen.


  1. This is such good advice. So very true. I don't know of a single person who has written a book with time to spare. Writing takes work and dedication. Well said, Elizabeth.

  2. That is such a great way to say it and you just inspired me to finish my outline thanks!

  3. I completely agree! In the past I've made a lot of excuses as to why I wasn't writing, and time was #1 on the list. Now I make myself sit in front of the computer, even if I'm not feeling all that inspired. I have to admit that having a laptop makes it easier, I can just drag the computer in bed with me. :)

  4. Wow! Thanks for all the advice! I'll totally think about that, next time I'm sitting at my computer bored and when I wish I had more time to write! Thanks!!

  5. Thanks for the kick in the pants! Last night I sat around and did not do a darn thing. And while I may have needed that (after the day at work I had!), it can't be a regular occurrence.

    Before I started writing I had no idea how much free time I really had, that I was just wasting in front of the TV. I'm glad that I can spend my free time now doing something challenging, creatively charged and fun. But I have to make myself keep at it if anything's to come of it!!

    Thanks for the reminder -- perseverance is a good mantra :)

  6. Thanks for the virtual kick! I always need it.