First, I want to thank Nikki for hosting me on her blog! Thanks, Nikki, I appreciate you thinking of me.
Nikki and I both have in common that we’re parents, and as any parent knows, it can be hard to find time for anything other than the everyday tasks we have to do concerning our kids and our homes (and work, and, and, and…). When you’re trying to find time to write, life can easily get in the way, especially when kids are involved.
So how do you find time to write? You can’t get published if you never write. Between school events, sports events, food preparation, chauffeuring, bedtime, homework, and spending quality time with your kids, not to mention constantly picking up after them, it’s nigh impossible to find enough time to sit down and clear your mind enough to let the creativity flow.
There are ways, but they’re different for each person. For me, I’ve discovered that my daughter is happy sitting in my office and “working” alongside me. Usually that involves coloring, playdough or bringing a bunch of toys in to play with. Sometimes she watches a movie or I let her play games like Starfall or Reader Rabbit on the computer for a bit. If she’s in the room with me, I can even have headphones on to block out some of the noise she makes playing.
When both kids are home (my son is in 1st grade), I find it a little harder to become completely engrossed in my writing, but I can get some writing or editing done while they play in their playroom next to my office. There are more limitations on these days, such as not being able to listen to music or block outside stimuli, but any writing/editing time is valuable, and I’ll take what I can get.
The trick is finding a solution that works for both you and your child(ren). Make it fun. If you simply tell them they have to behave and sit in your writing space, that’s not going to work. If you find that solution, though, and you make it something they can be excited about, it can be as easy as say