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:
- Get up early. For projects that need a lot of concentration, this is the best time to work.
- 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.
- Cook less – make the freezer, crockpot and microwave your friends.
- 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.
- Set goals. Give yourself a minimum number of words you have to write every day and you’ll find that you can do it.
- Get a portable word processor and take it with you everywhere.
- 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!
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy writing!