And I can see why people might be curious. I have a full-time job and a busy 2-year-old son, not to mention a house to keep up and two dogs to
neglect walk twice a day. Where can I possibly squeeze in time to write? The question is usually asked by other busy moms, and with boatloads of admiration and awe (to that, I refer you all to Ruth Lauren Steven, who has 4 kids and writes fantastic books—she’s the amazing one!) But while nearly all people ask the question good-naturedly, occasionally I do sense a soupcon of curiosity if maybe, perhaps, Michelle is neglecting her family/household duties in order to make time to write. To this, I say that is simply untrue. I make extra sure to only neglect my husband’s needs to write. Just kidding…
But seriously, I never write a word when my son is awake. So where the eff do I find the time? The answer is that I’m REALLY careful with every. single. minute of my free time.
I follow a writing schedule, replete with word count goals for each day that I must reach at the price of lost sleep (I also keep a crit partner who makes me stick to these goals and will flog me if I fail). Ben’s naps are 100% devoted to writing. The house might be a bit messy until the evening, but who cares? Plus, you’d be amazed how quickly one can clean a whole house when you have something you desperately want to do afterwards. When Ben goes to sleep at 8pm, I spend the rest of the evening writing until I crash or cry or meet my word-count goal—whichever comes first. And occasionally, when I’m experiencing the dreaded writer’s block, I’ll read instead, or *gasp* spend time with Logan or friends.
So really, the answer to the question isn’t very complicated or exciting. In fact, I really could have just said:
No Life+Reduced Sleep+Coffee+Time Management+Supportive Husband=Writing Time
Of course, now I have a blog and twitter to keep up with too, and that, I will admit, is very time-consuming. Obviously the answer is to find a part-time job so I can dedicate more time to social networking.
So that's how I do it, folks. How about you authors out there? How do you squeeze in your writing time throughout the day?