Monday, September 13, 2010

Making time

Are you busy?

I am. In addition to working on my second mystery novel, I own a web site design business. I'm a wife and mother—both full-time jobs. I'm involved in a number of community organizations. I have hobbies.

Making time for writing can be tough.

I like the phrase "making time" because sometimes that's what it feels like. I know there are only 24 hours in a day, but at times I feel that I'm stretching that to 25 or 26 hours to get it all accomplished.

I know there are authors who write first thing in the morning, but that doesn't work for me. I can't speak coherently, let alone write well, before my first cup of coffee. Sometimes not even before the first POT of coffee. Because I'm the boss and chief web designer, sometimes those "paying projects" take the next bit of my day. Hey, I have to pay the bills, right?

I often manage to get a few hundred words in during the afternoon—somewhere between returning phone calls, sending out invoices, and making dinner.

But it's the evenings where I really "jam" on my projects. I'm a night owl. My creative juices are on fire sometime after dinner. As long as my family obligations don't sidetrack me. And that happens.

Thankfully, I have an understanding family. They support me and my writing goals and do their very best to make sure I can get my writing done. I couldn't follow this path without them!



Nerine Dorman said...

I know that feeling: one hour on the train in the morning, my lunch hour while at the office... An hour or so of social networking in the evenings...

Then back at it for another two-to-three hours.

Sondrae Bennett said...

I hear you. I usually don't have a chance to sit down to write until 7pm (or later). Luckily I do manage some blogging during the day :) but with edits and writing it's hard to get everything done. With new story ideas, I often feel like I can't get them out of my head fast enough. I have a bunch of jotted down ideas that I have no idea when I'll be able to get to them.

Stephanie said...

Add me to the list of people with no time!! And I shouldn't even talk..I don't work a job aside from my writing. But I have young kids and a home and everything else that keeps me from writing. And now my son does not take his afternoon nap anymore. That used to be my quiet time each afternoon. I do what I can when I can....I am usually a night owl...when I'm in creative mode anyway. But editing mode....I get too tired at night.