One of the reasons I wanted to do the When Do You Write series here, is because I knew it would keep me in check with my own writing. It’s difficult to make excuses about not writing, when I read about how hard it is for other people to work writing into their busy lives. Sitting down at a laptop requires big-time sacrifices for everyone. It’s not easy for anyone to make time to write. And reminding myself of this on a regular basis helps me to keep my own writing in check.
Having said that, since school got out on the 18th, I’m finding it very challenging to write.
I’m still working on revamping the blog (finally figured out how to get my own domain name!) and doing what I hope are the final revisions of the novel before the agent search begins (again). But I’m also spending half of every day at two different swimming pools (one for lessons, another for more swimming time), running errands with three kids, and feeding kids who seem to eat 6 meals a day instead of 3. Yoga has fallen by the wayside. If I’m lucky, I can get in one class a week. And I barely squeeze in two night walks a week.
Don’t get me wrong. For the most part, it’s been fun. I’m enjoying the time with the kids, and the less hectic schedule. But it means that I don’t get to the meat of my writing day until after 9 PM.
This morning I cried “uncle.” I let myself sleep until 9 AM. I let the kids watch 2.5 hours of TV so I could work uninterrupted. I made some real headway in my revisions. And I reminded myself that it’s OK to be overwhelmed with writing. It’s OK to feel frustrated with the lack of time. It’s OK to let everything around me fall apart, just so I can write a few more words. The kids have art camp the week after next– I’ll get some daylight hours to write. I have Hambridge in July. The kids will go back to school in August.
I will have time to query my first novel. I will have time to write the second.
I just need to get through this one night of writing.