I am thrilled to have author Kim Nash on my blog today. Kim is the author of heartwarming and feel-good fiction. I am halfway through her new book, Moonlight Over Muddleford Cove. Kim’s books are good for the soul. They are uplifting romances with relatable characters and generous spoonfuls of humour. So, please, welcome, Kim Nash.
As a busy Head of Publicity for a publisher, a book blogger, an author, a mom and a dog owner, people often ask me how I find time to get things done. My five top tips for maximising your writing time
- Get up early. It’s amazing what a difference it can make to have an extra hour in our day. If you get up at 7, try getting up at 6 and create some more time. I’m a morning person and don’t sleep too well, so am up early and there’s always something that feels really good about getting either your writing done first thing in the morning or other jobs which can free up writing time later in the day. On a weekend if I get up and out with the dog at 7, I’m back at 8 and have the whole day ahead of me. If you can’t do an hour, try half an hour. If that’s too much, try 15 minutes.
- Colour code your planner. I have a weekly planner that’s mapped out in half hour increments from 7am to 10pm. I try to write in everything I can that’s going on that week, but in different colours, so that I can see at a glance what I’m spending more time doing and not enough time doing. So for instance, my writing time is in green, so I can immediately see whether there is lots of green on my planner and if there isn’t I need to do something about it.
- Use a planner! Plan your writing time. If you wait until inspiration strikes, or for when you have time, you probably won’t get around to doing it. So look at your diary and even if you can only fit in half an hour, it’s half an hour more than if you didn’t do it. So plan it in. It’s far more likely to happen if you do.
- Give up some TV. You can watch TV for hours on end and for some it’s really relaxing and part of their routine. But if you don’t have enough time and want to create some more, then cutting down on watching the soaps can create more time and really? Is your world going to fall apart if you don’t keep up with what’s going on in Corrie or Emmerdale? 2 hours a night of soaps 5 days a week adds up to 10 hours a week just on week days. I can write easily 1000 words in an hour if I really put my mind to it. So that’s 10,000 words in 5 days. You could have a 80,000 book written in 8 weeks. Think how amazing that is. Obviously if it’s too much time, cut it down to 1 hour a day which might be more manageable. That’s still 5,000 words in 5 days, which would mean you could write an 80,000 book in 16 weeks instead.
- Have boundaries. Turn off the internet when you sit down to write. Turn your phone over and don’t answer it if it rings unless you know it’s something urgent. I’ve had times where friends have phoned me for a chat and I know I’d be gabbing about nothing for an hour and that’s valuable writing time. I’ve just dropped them a text saying ‘Sorry, can’t talk. Am writing.’ Having boundaries doesn’t make you a crap friend. It makes you someone who prioritises things that you want or have to do. Also be aware of time thieves. Those who turn up unannounced and expect you to drop everything for them. Just say I’m sorry but I’m writing right now and don’t have the time to chat. Give them an alternative if that helps.
Hope these tips help you to create a little extra writing time in your life too. They’ve worked for me. However, I’d LOVE to hear any additional ones that you may have too.
Moonlight Over Muddleford Cove
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When thirty-four-year-old Nellie Wagstaff loses her job and discovers her fiancé is a cheating scumbag in a single day, she feels like the world has come crashing down. And that’s before the solicitor’s letter, along with a request to visit a place she hasn’t thought about for a very long time.
Heartbroken, Nellie escapes to the beautiful seaside town of Muddleford in Dorset, where she discovers she’s inherited more than she ever bargained for. Nellie never knew why her mother stopped talking to her sister, but now childhood memories of Muddleford come flooding back: long hot summers, the sea glistening beyond the sandy cove… and a stolen kiss with a boy called Jack.
Jack, now a devilishly handsome vet, has the local pet owners swooning over him, and as Nellie and he become close once more, and she gets used to gossiping with the locals and sipping wine at her beach hut with sand between her toes, she’s sure she can feel sparks flying once more. But just as she thinks she might be able to open her heart again, her newest frenemy, the glamourous Natalia, tells her a secret about Jack that changes everything.
Nellie will never know why her mother and aunt parted ways. She’ll sell the house, forget about Jack, and get back to real life. Because there’s nothing for her in Muddleford… is there?
An utterly uplifting and completely hilarious summer read about learning to trust yourself and of finding love and friendship in the least expected places for fans of Jessica Redland, Heidi Swain and Holly Martin.
About the author
Kim Nash is an author of uplifting, funny, heartwarming, feel-good, romantic fiction.
Her book Sunshine and Second Chances, was shortlisted for the 2020 Amazon Kindle Storyteller Award.
Moonlight Over Muddleford Cove, was published on 30th March 2021.
She lives in Staffordshire with son Ollie and English Setter rescue dog Roni, is Head of Publicity for publisher Bookouture (part of Hachette UK) and is a book blogger at http://www.kimthebookworm.co.uk.
When she’s not working or writing, and in non-Covid times, Kim can be found walking her dog at Cannock Chase, reading, writing, standing on the sidelines of a football pitch cheering on Ollie, and binge watching box sets on the TV. She’s also quite partial to a spa day and a gin and tonic (not at the same time!) Kim also runs a book club in Cannock, Staffs and organises local and national reader/author events.