Getting Back to Writing/Taking Back the Time

I had big plans to finish the first draft of my work-in-progress this summer. I was going to edit it by January and start querying agents in February.

Ha.

I didn’t know how much work it would be to get a book ready for publication. But it was enough work that my few hours per week of time to do anything other than be a mom were eaten up with it.

So I have done very little original writing since June. And I am really looking forward to getting back to it. I still have that science fiction book set in the future to finish and I have a whole new YA time-travel novel to plot out. Then there’s a possible sequel to Jack to consider (I haven’t decided whether to write one or not) and a prequel to Eden that has been in the back of my head for ages. (It is Eleanor’s story, for those who follow Eden.)

I don’t know how I will ever have the time to write all of those, but I want to do them all. I have a couple of novellas up my sleeve too.

watchSomeone asked me recently how I find the time to write. The answer is, I really don’t have time to write. I have an hour or two between the kids’ bedtime and my brain turning to mush. But I don’t even have that reliably every day. I try to write (or this summer, to revise and proof) in that time. It’s slow going. But I am a fast writer (by comparison to most writers I know, at least) so that helps, I guess.

How about you? When do you make (since no one just “has”) time to write?

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2 thoughts on “Getting Back to Writing/Taking Back the Time

  1. Unfortunately, usually I only write when the mood strikes me. And then when I do, for whatever reason, I usually start late in the evening and will work until the early morning hours. Anyway, good post. I can really relate to it. Good luck, and remember to have fun!

  2. I don’t have children, so finding writing time isn’t as challenging, but can still be difficult. During those times I finally decided to gear it in a particular way: I was always thinking about my story, so I would “write” a lot of it in my head, and then by the time some writing space opened up I would usually already have a pretty good idea of what I was going to type.

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