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Finding the Time to Write

This will probably be a common theme for this blog as it is my neverending challenge and my bête noir. As a mom of two, with a full-time job, carving out the time to do the other things I love is a huge issue.

Many of you can relate, I’m sure–and it doesn’t just apply to writing. I have yet to meet a mom who isn’t absolutely starved for “me time”.

I’m hungry for solutions. Every time I feel the familiar crush of time poverty and my writing time starts to suffer I go scouring the internet looking for ideas. Of course the one I always encounter is: get up early and write in the early morning before everyone else is awake.

Which works, of course, if you have children who sleep until a reasonable hour in the morning. Not my situation. Until recently, that is.

My youngest, now 2, only just started sleeping past 6 am. Attempting the early-morning-writing-strategy under such circumstances, is the definition of frustration. I would drag myself out of bed in the wee hours, begin warming up my laptop (and coffee maker, obviously), and just start getting excited about some peaceful writing time….just as those first little cooing sounds come crackling through the baby monitor.

But, praise be: he now sleeps until 7. Which means I can get up at 5 and get a solid two hours in before I get dragged off to my other full-time jobs. I started this new routine, just this week, and my fingers are crossed that it’s going to work.

How about you? How do carve time out of your schedule for writing, or reading, or basket-weaving…or whatever your particular pleasure is?

10 Responses to “Finding the Time to Write”

  1. Kat says:

    I usually take some time in the evening, but with hockey, riding, skating, and every thing else starting back up I’m tired and not thinking clearly at night.
    I’m going to give your morning routine a go.

  2. Kim Foster says:

    Totally! Yes, in previous months I did the post-bedtime writing thing, too…but I found that I started tired and it only got worse as the night wore on, until I was falling asleep on my keyboard. In contrast, in the early morning, I start tired (it is 5 am after all!) but I get more alert as I go. Winning.

  3. Oh yes! Finding time to write is an ongoing struggle – also because when you do find time doesn’t mean you’ll also find inspiration. I now keep a rolling list of ideas for future writing which helps me maximize the time I do find so that I don’t waste all of it staring at a blank page.

    • Kim Foster says:

      That’s a great idea! Nothing worse than carving out a little time, only to fritter it away. As for inspiration, I like this quote from Peter deVries: “I write when I’m inspired, and I see to it that I’m inspired at nine o’clock every morning.”

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