As an author, I would love to spend all my time writing. Wait, who am I kidding? Even if I was a full time writer, I would have to get rid of the internet. It is too tempting and too easy to waste time…I mean spend time researching for my novel…ok, I do mean wasting time.
But I am not a full-time writer. I am a stay at home mom who works hard to find time to write. I know there are other authors out there such as JK Rowlings that wrote in the evenings while her kids were sleeping. But I don’t have the energy for that. By the time the kids are in bed, I am exhausted. My creative juices are running low.
So it turns out, the best time for me to write is early in the morning before everyone else wakes up. In that half hour (or here in the summer a whole hour) before everyone gets up, I can get so much more done. I am refreshed. The house is quiet. I can write uninterrupted. Well, as uninterrupted as one can with a cat who thinks the best place to stand is in front of the monitor. And if you get rid of her, there is always the cat who wants to sit in my lap and be petted.
But even those uninterrupted morning writing sessions are not enough. Or not if I want to get this novel written sometime before the kids enter high school. With two children under the age of 7 and a full schedule of taking them to activities, parties and events plus volunteering at their schools and in my neighborhood homeowners association (yes, my husband has told me that I have a problem saying no to people), I find it hard to work in the precious uninterrupted writing time. That means I have had to find ways to write with the constant activity, distractions and interruptions. (Even as I write this, my son is trying to tell me about a video game he is playing.)
I now carry with me a small notebook that fits into my purse. So when I have a few minutes waiting in the pickup line at my daughter’s school or while my son has his karate class, I can work. I sometimes just jot down questions I need to address or possible future scenes. Or if I have enough time and inspiration has hit I handwrite a scene.
I wrote my first novel, Summoned, before I had kids. I remember having the blissful, free time to concentrate on my writing. Now that I am working on the third book in the trilogy, I have resolved myself that it will take longer. I may not have those uninterrupted blocks of writing times that I did before, but I know piece by piece, stolen moments here and there, and many early mornings I will get this book completed too. Or maybe if I create a device to freeze time I will complete it even faster.