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Wednesday, April 13, 2016


We’re busy people. Any time we can save time, we jump at the chance. Saving time on things we have to do enables us to spend more time doing things we want to do. If you’re like me, daily household chores fall into the former category. So any time I can find a way to shorten the time I spend on chores, I’m all in.

Many people I know stack their dirty dishes in the sink and on the kitchen counter, meal after meal, until they have no choice but to wash the dishes. Then they curse themselves as they scrub and scrub to remove all that dried on food and grease. Here’s a tip that will cut down on both the elbow grease and the cursing:

Fill a spray bottle with 8 oz. of water and a tablespoon of dish detergent. Keep it on your counter next to your sink. Spray each dish as you add it to the pile in the sink. When you finally get around to washing the dishes, you’ll find you spend a lot less time doing so.

Have you ever wished you could find more time to do the things you want to do, rather than just doing the things you have to do? Most authors juggle day jobs and family responsibilities along with their writing. Because they need to find time to write, they look for ways to save time in other aspects of their lives.

Cooking often takes up a huge chunk of time. In We'd Rather BeWriting: 88 Authors Share Timesaving Dinner Recipes and Other Tips you'll find easy, nutritious recipes for meat, poultry, pasta, soup, stew, chili, and vegetarian meals. All of the recipes require a minimum of prep time, freeing you up to read, exercise, garden, craft, write, spend more time with family, or whatever.

Within the pages of We'd Rather Be Writing: 88 Authors ShareTimesaving Dinner Recipes and Other Tips you'll be introduced to authors who write a wide range of fiction—everything from mystery to romance to speculative fiction to books for children, young adults, and new adults—and some who write nonfiction. Some of the authors write sweet; others write steamy. Some write cozy; others write tense thrillers.

Some are debut authors with only one published book; others are multi-published and have had long publishing careers. Some are New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors who may or may not be familiar to you, but being a bestselling author doesn't mean they still don't have to juggle their day job along with their writing.

The authors who contributed to this book are a rather creative and resourceful bunch when it comes to carving out time from their busy lives. So in addition to timesaving recipes, within the pages of this book you'll find timesaving and organizational tips for other aspects of your life. And if you happen to be a writer, you'll also find a plethora of great ideas to help you organize your writing life.

A percentage of the profit from the sale of We'd Rather Be Writing: 88 Authors ShareTimesaving Dinner Recipes and Other Tips will be donated to No Kid Hungry.

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