I had to chuckle to myself. One of those miserable, self-deprecating laughs. The Insecure Writer’s Support Group has a monthly question. Today’s Question: How do you find the time to write in your busy day?
Lately, I haven’t (thus the laugh). I get 10 words here and there, but my calendar is packed with all the other things vying for my attention. You know, like my children. Sheesh. Normally, I’ll spend my lunch hammering out about 200 words. That’s been difficult these past few weeks, since I’ve had to take time off and rearrange my schedule to get my son into early childhood development observation, arrange for well-child check-ups, and do all that other Mama stuff that comes with having kids.
Since handing off my children isn’t an option, and Mother comes before Writer in my tagline, I hope I can gain forgiveness from my peers for my failings.
In the calm times—those weeks where I don’t have to take time off of work to take care of life—I’ve got a system. Lunch hits. I stand up, walk around the campus for 15 minutes, and spend the remaining 45 writing. That’s it. Once I’m home, there’s no time for writing. Every moment (whether I’m awake or not) is interrupted with a constant request for my attention. This leaves me with a precious 3 hours and 45 minutes a week to get any writing done.
It hasn’t been calm lately.
My schedule is packed for September. Hopefully October fares better.
What takes up your time? Is this a busy month for you?