How to Write a Book When You Have No Time to Write

You’re busy. The kids have to get to school and homework has to be done. The house has to be cleaned and dinner cooked. You have a job (or you stay home with your kids, which, let's face it, is about equivalent to three full-time jobs) …the list goes on.

Clearly, finding the time to write that book you have been dreaming about is a struggle. But given how important a published book is to your overall growth, it’s time to take a look at what you can do to make that happen, even if you have no time to spare.

Outsource It

Who says you have to write your book yourself? In the world of publishing, hiring a ghostwriter is a tried and true method for getting a book written for those who:

  • Have no time
  • Don’t have a “feel” for writing
  • Simply don’t want to 

Whichever camp you belong to, working with a ghostwriter can make it easy to achieve your publication goals.

Ghostwriters are available within any budget, but do be aware that you get what you pay for. While you may not want to (or be able to) shell out several thousand dollars to hire top talent, you shouldn’t settle for the lowest cost either. Interview several writers, look at samples of their work, and choose the best you can afford.

Remember, you can always read through their work before publishing, but if you have to edit too much, what have you saved?

Do you have a ton of ideas bouncing around your head, but just have no care or time to organize and write them out? A ghostwriter can help with that too. A good ghostwriter will take your notes and turn them into your book.

If you’ve been marketing a business for a while, or have been working in your industry long enough, or even want to write a fiction work of art, chances are that you have a wealth of content you can easily turn into a book.

All of these and more can be edited to fit within the covers of a book, so don’t be afraid to reach into the archives to get your book published.

Transcribe It

If you love to talk, then speaking your book just might be the trick that works for you. In fact, a cell phone is all you need to write your book on the go. Simply speak your book while waiting in line to pick up the kids after school, while you’re out for your morning walk, or between calls.

Send your audio files out to be transcribed and all that remains is to edit the transcription. No matter how disjointed or awful it looks, you’ll find it’s much easier to edit even bad content than to start from scratch.

Do Not "Just Wait."

Don’t let a lack of time hold you back from finishing your book. There’s no better way to build your audience and establish your expert status than to publish a book, and you owe it to yourself—and your business—to get your book out there. Get creative and write about what you know. There are always eager readers out there!


  1. This kind of reminds me of the compound effect- even just doing a little bit every day adds up to something! Good advice!

  2. I love the item of transcribing to get a book completed. I don't know why I hadnt thought of that since I used that method for my dissertation. Thank you.

  3. Love these ideas! I'm planning on an e-book or two in the future and I will try this!

  4. These are great tips! I have been thinking about writing a book/ebook soon but wondered how I would find the time. Transcribing is definitely a reasonable option for me!


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