How Much Time in a Week Does an Author Write?

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When I started writing, I couldn’t have imagined what my weeks would look like after my books published. For the last seven years, I’ve been a full-time writer. Let me rephrase that, a full-time author. I’ve learned there’s a difference, as I’ll show.


I work five days a week. Often, I work a half-day on Saturdays to make up for non-writing half days I allow each month for

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  • teaching a weekly Bible study,
  • attending a women’s church meeting,
  • hosting a prayer shawl ministry,
  • meeting with a writers group, and
  • fulfilling doctor and hair appointments.


My normal workday is from nine to six. Besides trying to keep up with emails, here’s what my writing week looked like last week:


  • Reported last week’s progress and this week’s goals to my writing accountability group.
  • Polished the writing-craft blog post I drafted last week, downloaded photos from Pixabay, and put the post on WordPress.
  • Worked on my book cover for CreateSpace. I have an e-book that was published in a collection on Amazon. I’m putting my book into a print version on Amazon. The cover and manuscript must be reformatted for print. (This took my husband and me hours more than I’d scheduled.)


  • Drafted a post for the Seriously Write Blog. I’m a regular contributor.
  • Practiced reading Chapter 1 of one of my other books. The publisher asked for an audio copy for promotions.
  • Sent e-book copies of yet another book to two winners for last week’s Author Cross Promotion Giveaway.
  • Worked again on the book going into print. Researched how to test for embedded fonts, etc.


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Published a Facebook Author Page post.
Recorded practice sessions of Chapter 1 on QuickTimePlayer.
Worked to get the print book’s cover and manuscript into a PDF-acceptable format for CreateSpace.




Thursday (only a half day available)

  • Published my writing-craft blog post, promoted it, and replied to comments.
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    Reworked the back cover and manuscript PDFs and submitted the cover and manuscript to CreateSpace.
  • Recorded Chapter 1 on editable GarageBand (learning curve).


  • Drafted a post for my next week’s blog post.
  • Contacted upcoming conference’s bookstore. Asked for the procedure for putting my books on consignment.
  • Ordered a test copy of the print book from CreateSpace.
  • Edited the Chapter 1 audio on GarageBand and saved as an MP3.

Hopefully, you noticed I spent no time this week writing my new book. Many weeks are like this one.

The Solution

For the last several months, my husband has taken on additional tasks in supporting my writing career. To vacuuming, laundry, and shopping, he has added several book-marketing jobs, editing tasks, and learning to use CreateSpace and GarageBand. I’m so thankful God called my husband to team up with me. I hope to spend more time writing.

Other than when authors are on tight book deadlines, just how much writing time do they fit into their schedules in a week? Click to tweet.

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  1. pamelasthibodeaux

    Great post Zoe! My writing has taken a back burner again….but hopefully soon I’ll be writing daily. Thanks for the timely reminder.
    Good luck and God’s blessings

    • Zoe M. McCarthy

      Pam, my back burners are often tasks like I mention here. But then I turn up the heat on the front writing burners!

  2. Jann W Martin

    I enjoyed your post. With all of the social media it’s a challenge to spend time writing.

    • Zoe M. McCarthy

      So true, Jann. I try not to feel guilty I don’t do more.

  3. mcoutu

    Good post, Zoe. It’s always helpful to know I’m not alone in struggling to “find” time to write among all the other “stuff” an author has to do. I’m not sure my list of daily tasks would look as productive as yours does!

    • Zoe M. McCarthy

      Marie, that was a particularly tough week, because I never dreamed i’d have to spend so much time to get my book in print.

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