Friday, August 31, 2007

Finding Time To Write

This seems to be the phrase on most writers’ lips nowadays…especially once school begins in the fall. When my girls were very young, I wasn’t a writer, but an avid reader. It wasn’t until my youngest was in Kindergarten / First Grade, when I decided to try my hand at writing. Luckily, I only worked part time then so I had the time to write a lot (4-5 books per year). But when my girls got older, it seemed there was less and less time. Then I started working full time when youngest was in Junior High. I was very upset because I worried I wouldn’t find any time to write.

Does this sound familiar to any of you?

Now, both my girls are grown up, and one is moved out of the house. I still work full time. Plus…I’ve added on another task. I’m helping raise my 16-month-old grandson. My daughter is a very young single mother who is still trying to figure out how to be a mother. She has a full time job, working from 2:00 pm to 10:00 pm five days a week. Which means, I have to work my full time job, get off at 5:00 pm, pick up grandson from the day care and watch him until 8-8:30 that night until time for bed. It also means I probably won’t have those wonderful weekends I have looked forward to for all these years.

I’m worried now that I won’t find time to write. How can I with a toddler? I’ve raised my kids, I should be able to do whatever I want now. Right?

But this change in my life has made me buckle down and actually WORK. Before, I would get on the Internet and play on my email loops for a while. Then I’d get to one of my books and switch back and forth between writing / editing / Internet. Now I know I have to write. Nothing but write! If I don’t, I’m never going to have time.

So for those who are in the same boat as me, you need to find a time – even if it’s a ½ hour, or 15 minutes, when you can write. Do nothing else but write!

Remember...we’re doing this because we love it. We owe it to ourselves to find time!!


Ciara Gold said...

Amen! Yep, you nailed it. The time to write is getting to be less and less. Grrr.

Becka said...

I hear you, Phyllis. I am so busy, even though I'm a stay-at-home mom. I take care of my house, run errands, homeschool my four kids, take them to karate class... It's crazy.

Even though I HATE writing long-hand, I've found that sometimes, I gotta do it if I want to get anything done. I've bought myself a couple of notebooks, and take them around the house or around town.

I used to resent my kids' karate class--until I began using it as a time to write. Why sit on my butt for an hour doing nothing? It got to the point where I looked forward to the class, if only to have an hour of un-interrupted writing time.

And "reading" before bedtime has pretty much died a slow death. I've taken my notebook with me to bed on occasion, as well as outside on my deck if I need a change of "scenery" than my office.

True, I have to type it in at a later date, but if I didn't have that danged notebook open while stirring my spaghetti, I wouldn't be able to entertain the masses with any of my stories...

Take a notebook with you to work and write in it at break time or lunch time. You might find another few minutes to actually be productive. :P