That is a good question and one plenty of authors ask themselves. Most authors I know aren’t fortunate enough to only survive off of their author earnings so they need to go out and work a day job to pay the bills. And those authors who are home full time are usually dealing with kids, bills, housework, transporting kids to and from school or sporting events. So how do we do it? How do we make time to write those delicious love scenes or the edge of your seat thrillers?
We snatch any time we can.
Authors who work outside of the home often write on their lunch or coffee breaks. Sure, it’s only an hour, or twenty minutes but those are valued minutes when a story needs to be created. Often we work on deadlines so snatching free time to write is important. For those that stay home and take care of the children, nap time is a glorious time. It is not easy to write a love scene when you have a child nagging you to play with them or get them something to eat or drink, Kinda ruins the mood. So we made do with what we have.
When my kids were little, I would sit in my chair, notebook and pencil in hand, put a movie on for the kids to watch and try to write. I was there if they needed me plus it appeared I was watching the movie with them, which for the most part I did. Amazingly enough I was able to write about demons and ghosts and love while watching Nemo swimming for his life. I wrote everything in notebooks back then because it was easier than sitting in front of a computer and being away from the kids. And if something should come up that needed my attention, I simply put the notebook down and tended to the problem. Once everything was fixed I could pick up the notebook and continue where I left off. I didn’t need to save it or worry someone might come by and turn the computer off before I could save it. I could even write while preparing meals. But it was bedtime that I truly looked forward to. That was my free time. My time to shine and I wrote like a woman possessed.
Now I work on my laptop. I still have the benefit of sitting in the living room, interacting with the kids or hubby and work. Well, for the most part. It’s a little harder these days to concentrate on my work when the big screen TV is on and an action game is flashing, gunfire rapid. Or one of my teen age kids coming into the room needing to talk. But I still find time, little snippets here and there and if I’m in the writing zone I simply tell the family to go away for an hour and let me work.
I’m lucky, I don’t hold down a day job, so I can write any time I want. But there is still laundry to be done, bills to pay, telephone calls to answer, meals to make, and house to clean. I’m not the type of person who can leave a messy kitchen and sit down to write. The disorganization scrambles my brain and prevents me from getting anything done. I might be a little OCD, but what’s a gal to do.
So how do you find time to write while theirs chaos going on around you? You steel any moment available and make the best of it. What else can you do.
I’m interested to hear what my fellow authors do to find time to write. I’m sure the readers are interested as well so why not leave a comment and tell us how you cope.
Shiela Stewart www.shielasbooks.ca