What do you do when you are preparing for a big life event, like a wedding, a big vacation, building a house, or choosing a career path, and don't have much free time to sit down, research, and do all the detail planning at once? If you are like most people, you take snippets of time and do the planning as you go.
If you are having trouble carving out writing time, approach your book writing in the same way as planning for college, building a house, taking a major trip, or (dare I say it?) birthing a baby. Take a moment here and there to research a topic, jot down an idea, develop a character or write a scene. After all, birthing a book is one of life's big events too so why not approach it like one?