It is not easy, sharing precious time with your family, your job, your responsibilities and writing.  If the latter takes up too much of your time, you start feeling guilty and that’s not the recipe for success as a writer.

No matter where you are on the writing spectrum, from fledgling to accomplished, not having enough time is a common problem.  Having a home office, where intrusion is absolutely forbidden, is one solution.  But this is not available to everyone.  With young children, who do not understand that there are times that their mother (or father) is unavailable to them, especially when they are home, the answer lies in hiring babysitters if you can afford it, or enlisting help from other family members.


The feeling that writing is as much who we are as what we do, can keep us working  It’s not like a coat that you can put on or take off; it’s more like the blood running through our veins.    So here are a few tips to make the process easier:

  1.  Get up early.  For projects that need a lot of concentration, this is the best time to work.
  2.  Take your work with you.  You never know when a slot of time will open up that will give you the time and privacy you need.
  3. Cook less – make the freezer, crockpot and microwave your friends.
  4.  If you can afford it, hire a cleaning service or a high-schooler who needs pocket money, to do some of the more time-consuming chores.
  5. Set goals.  Give yourself a minimum number of words you have to write every day and you’ll find that you can do it.
  6. Get a portable word processor and take it with you everywhere.
  7. Let go. The house doesn’t always have to be perfect.  Cookies can come from a package. Prioritize what’s important, but also allow some time for family interaction and just to relax.  Enjoy life!
  8. I’m always happy to hear your comments, and to help you in any way.  You can contact me or buy my books by writing to me at  Happy writing!




3 thoughts on “FINDING THE TIME

  1. Dorothy OBrien says:

    Dearest Dvora

    Bobbie updated me that following on from an incident where you were speed walking, you fell and fractured your arm. I am sorry to hear that, but undoubtedly your indomitable spirit will see you recovering completely and returning to an exercise regime equally unbefitting to your chronological age! Bravo, for your energy and fitness…

    Today is Max’s 66th birthday. I had intended to send him a text, but somehow I have lost his mobile number so that is not to be. For Bobbie’s birthday I will be going down a few days later, but hoping to spend a little less than a week in Melbourne. Perdu, my 16+ year old blind and deaf poodle makes holidaying a little difficult, but assuredly I will find a way to visit Bobbie no matter what the hurdles.

    Thinking of you, and sending you lots of love… from your adoring niece… Dorothy xxx


    • am managing to do almost everything with my left hand – necessity the mother of invention etc. I was going to send an e-mail to Max but he has ignored all my previous ones, so have to think about it. Thank you for all you do for Bobbie – it’s wonderful. Love Dvora

      On 18 August 2016 at 12:06, From Dvora's Desk wrote:


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