I set aside specific time for writing each day. Well, each day that I’m off from work I do. Days that I work, I have to schedule differently. When I’m not dashing to work to do my day job, I like to get up early (well, not that early) and write before the kids wake up. Today, I slept in though. I don’t know why I slept in so late on this particular day. I didn’t go to bed that late last night. I mean, after the kids and I watched a movie, I crashed on the monster green couch in front of the wood stove. I usually do this in the winter. The couch is comfy and the wood stove needs to be refueled about midnight, then again at two in order to keep the place warm enough that I don’t have to run the gas heat incessantly. In addition, the couch is just warm and ultra comfy cozy. My bed is also warm and ultra comfy cozy but it is located at the far end of the house in the coldest room of the house so getting to it means I must brave some near Arctic temperatures just to enjoy the haven of the massive king size four poster that I call my bed. (Sadly, so do my children whenever they feel moved, or frightened by monsters under their beds. I keep telling them they should clean up!) So, I dozed there on the plush couch till about two in the morning, stoked up the fire and went to bed just like I do every other night of the winter months, even when I have to wake up at o’dark thirty to get to work. So why, today, would I sleep in till 9:30? I don’t get it.
Whether I get it or not, it is now after breakfast and pushing lunch time. All the kids are up, dishes need to be washed (and I don’t have a dishwasher other than the four children), two of the girls are squabbling about how to arrange the room they share (Arrange it? I’d just like them to clean it!) and the son keeps trying to sneak onto the Playstation to play his Madden ’08 game. I have to work out in the garage and figure out what I’ll fix for dinner (I hate that part the most!). My day is nearly over before it’s begun it seems.
So much for my writing time today.
Two days later:
I saved that first bit as a draft hoping to return to it before the day ended so I could post. I’m really working hard at writing daily and posting daily on both my blogs (I actually have three). I’m doing this because I’ve found that the mere blog format keeps me accountable. More people read when I write. When I don’t write reading slacks off. However, this is not my motivation for writing on my blog, it is merely a perk. I write, because someday I hope to supplement my income with said writing. Okay, that’s not really even true. I write, because since I was in about 4th grade, I had this dream of being a published author. I’ve actually been afraid to pursue that dream…rejection is huge in the writing industry and I wasn’t up to it. I am more up to it now. Just like anyone who hopes to be good at what they do, they have to practice and work on improving. That’s what this blogging thing is to me: an opportunity to practice, hopefully improve and gain feedback from readers willing to give their input.
Scheduling time to write with a houseful of kids around and no spouse or significant other or nanny to assist is one of the most challenging tasks I’ve faced to date….okay, besides changing the light fixtures…which ended up being incredibly easy. So, I’m thinking it is possible that this scheduling dilemma I face has a fairly simple solution which I’m currently unable to see…probably because I’m being a baby and don’t want to see it yet. After all, being a baby is easier than simply growing up and taking control of your life. In the end, it doesn’t feel good as an adult, to be baby, so eventually I must take control. I believe that time is now.
I cannot change the fact that my life is incredibly busy and full. I actually like that.
I can’t change the fact that writing requires time, sometimes a great deal of time, for questionable results, and time is a precious commodity for me.
I know that if I don’t write daily I feel like I’ve missed out on part of my life somehow.
I’m wondering what do other writers do to balance all the demands of their busy lives and still get the writing written? Not everyone is a career writer. Some have to share the writing job with the day job. How on earth do they manage to do that, take care of kids, do laundry, eat, workout and fold clothes. I don’t get it.
4 thoughts on “Any Ideas?”
Write or Die – even if you only have ten minutes to spare, you can Write or Die –
I’m going to. It is one of my resolutions for the year. I love it: Write or Die. It’s my new motto.
You need to schedule a non-negotiable daily time slot for writing and sit in that space every day with pen in hand (or keyboard at fingertips) whether or not any words make it to the page or screen. End of story. It’s that simple 😉
Thanks again for the great advice. I honestly think if I do that…something will make it to the page…now, whether its any good or not…. 🙂