How do you write when you have a million things going on?
I have a full-time day job. I have an infant. I have a toddler. I have a husband. I have a house. I’m in a PhD program. So, I have a lot going on, but no matter what, I find time to write.
The goal is to write full-time. Isn’t that the goal for all writers? To be paid to stay at home and live through your passion? For me, the end goal is to write good books, and to be able to write those books all day, everyday.
Some days are harder than most. There’s a full-time career to manage. There’s a baby’s diapers to change. There’s a toddler to feed. There’s a husband to talk to. There’s a monstrous-sized house to sweep and mop. There’s a PhD program to write theory papers for. Then, when there’s time I write.
Where do I find the time? I make time. I have an at-home office I share with my husband. I don’t always write in the office. I write on the sofa while my toddler is watching Mickey Mouse. I write in the car while my husband is driving us to an event. I type text for my stories on my cell phone while I’m standing in line at the grocery store, and so on.
I can’t say I will wake up early, before the entire family, and write, because I never know how much sleep I’m going to get the night before, and I have to be well-rested to manage my hectic life. I respect people who can wake up at a certain time, write, and then get on with their day, but I can’t do that.
I have taught myself to read and write with distraction. Is it annoying? Yes, but if I didn’t do it this way I would never find time to write.
My writing methods have worked for me. I’ve managed to get halfway done with this most recent work in progress with finding bits and pieces of time throughout the day.
I’m going to take a breath now, find something to eat, and perhaps make another cup of coffee.
I’m going to get some writing done now since there seems to be time and the house is quiet.
What’s your writing routine? Have you found yourself changing it up as your life changes?