A Writer's Life

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Tuesday, September 12, 2006

How Do You Do It?

For the past two weeks or so I've been really busy. It seems like all I do is sleep, travel and work. By the time I get home it's like I hardly have any time to do the things that I want. Then I started to think about what it would be like if I had a wife and some kids to go with all of that. I know that there some people out there who have all of this and more on their plate each day but they still manage to write. My question is simply how?

Things at work will eventually settle down and I'll have more free time but its really hard when your trying to balance writing with life and a full time job.


At September 12, 2006 2:50 pm, Anonymous JM Snyder said...

I don't have a wife or kids (thank God!) ~ I live alone, work full time, and moan about not writing when I don't write. I've found that I write best in the morning, so I wake up 2 hours before I have to get to work and turn on the computer, feed the cats, check my email, futz around until I finally get down to work. I may only get 500-1,000 words done a day, but that's more than I had before I started.

Good luck!

At September 15, 2006 12:26 am, Anonymous Neobluepanther said...

That seems true. With a full time job and other things going on inlife, its really hard to find time to write but then as they say even geniuses like Einstein and da vinci had 24 hours to do their stuff in. I guess everyone has to find out for him/her self what works best for him/her and plan accordingly.

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At October 06, 2006 9:37 am, Blogger atomicvelvetsigh said...

hmm.. well good question! for one, i am a working-single mom and i work at graveyard shifts that sometimes require 3 hours overtime. aside from that, sometimes i bring and fetch my kid from school, do things at the house, etc. and in between those, i manage a couple of blogs, write poetry and paint.

so how do i do it? i guess having no husband to nag you and bite you off your personal time is a plus. in addition to having insomnia! HA! };-}

At October 12, 2006 10:01 pm, Anonymous Joy said...

We either don't sleep or don't write. I'm a stay-at-home mother of one and myself and my very busy husband are both "writers." We both have month columns at Haruah (www.haruah.com). I know of a great on-line writing community at The NoteBored (http://www.notebored.com/board/index.php). I hope to see you around there.

At October 17, 2006 10:02 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At October 20, 2006 2:11 pm, Anonymous Trent said...

I have a wife and an eleven month old baby and yet I find time to write. Basically, your life just finds new routines when there are new additions to your life... at first, it is chaotic, but eventually you find your groove. The biggest change for me is that a lot of writing goes on in my head; I get pieces just about ready to go before I ever sit down at a keyboard. That way, the first draft is done *boom* and it has second or third draft quality.

At October 29, 2006 11:46 am, Anonymous kevin said...

I force myself to write at night or when I waked up in the morning. I have a blogging schedule that is five days a week and I force myself to stick to it even if I repost an old blog. By forcing myself to write I feel like I have become a better writer.

At November 01, 2006 2:26 pm, Blogger pupski said...

have you ever thought about working less - is that possible?
If you have a wife and kids it's harder to work less but if you are single it could be easier - we only have one life we should try and do more of the things we love. I have just gone back to education full time at the age of 40 to do a degree in creative writing and art - and I love it!

At November 01, 2006 4:30 pm, Blogger melodrameric said...

I found your site by accident, but I blogmarked it. I just committed myself to become a professional writer. I find that I run into the same conflicts your talking about. Finding time to write is a bear while, at the same time be a 'housewife'. It'll get better I'm sure though. I also dedicated a blog to the journey I'm starting. The title is similar to yours--"This Writer's Life". I hadn't seen your blog when I thought of it so please don't feel infringed upon.

At January 20, 2007 11:00 pm, Blogger Shanna Thompson said...

Totally with you on that. I'm up to my chin in writing projects. How to do it with a family? I have no idea.

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At March 26, 2008 3:47 am, Blogger Writer and Artist on Board said...

Are you still writing?

At June 07, 2008 11:53 am, Anonymous Shaunta Grimes said...

I have a husband, a teenage daughter, a son with autism, and a toddler. I'm a substitute teacher. I write everyday. You just find the time, if it's something you really want to do. I don't go to the movies very often, or watch TV. I wake up an hour early so that I have one precious hour of quiet to work everyday. I write in a notebook on my lunch hour. It isn't easy--but it gets done :)

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At September 03, 2008 5:50 pm, Blogger Vwriter said...

Deadlines are the best thing I've ever found for keeping me writing. I own my own business and that's hugely demanding. Girlfriend and family load on even more. My daughter just had a baby- adds more joy but consumes more time. So I have to have deadlines that force me to make myself take spare moments to write instead of just plain collapse.

At October 22, 2008 9:41 pm, Blogger Miss Relationship said...

I can relate. All my life - everything is dedicated to writing.

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At May 26, 2009 1:35 am, Blogger dreamer17 said...

I'm a full time student, and I find that I write best at night... I turn on the radio... and wait for something to grab my attention. I myself am looking to publish a novel. I write about 10,000 words every night. Its just something I have been working on the past couple years.
Every person writes their own way though. No two people are the same.

At June 26, 2009 1:55 pm, Blogger Jane said...

You are right buddy! I am having a tough time as a freelance writer.

At October 24, 2009 4:42 am, Blogger Life is a blissful experience.. said...

I believe that the more we have work to do, the more effective we become in time management..It's all about balancing suffs in life which I haven't learnt yet..

At November 21, 2009 8:09 pm, Blogger loveable_homebody said...

I've been sick for over five months now and I'm not fit for work. Basically, when I'm not sleeping, I look for things to read online. Lately I've been very interested in writing from home until I go back to school in January. I always find the time to write, but I find sometimes, I really have to push myself when I'm not well. So kudos to you for making time to write despite all of your other commitments! Your struggle inspires me.

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At March 20, 2010 11:25 am, Blogger william said...

lol been there done that u are better on ur own lol, good post friend and thanks for joining my blog :)

At June 18, 2010 9:47 pm, Blogger Tahlia said...

I like the idea of your blog, pity you don't seem to be adding to it anymore, but hopefully you have some time in your life to write other things.

I have a blog with a similar idea but I'm following the story of getting 'Lethal Inheritance’, a YA fantasy novel that I've written into print. You might be interested to have a look.

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At June 21, 2010 8:37 pm, Blogger Draven Ames said...

I know the feeling. I just finished my first novel, with two kids and a wife. It can be hard. But if your work speaks for itself, your family will not only stand behind you, they usher your good fortune forward. I am sure I'll be published in a year--not because of vanity but because my family believes in me. And I, in turn, believe my family. Good luck.


At April 21, 2011 10:24 am, Blogger robynwalker27 said...

I also have difficult finding quality time to write. I need to be more productive but it is difficult with three children, two of which has disabilities. I find that if I schedule the time into my calendar on my phone and let everyone know that I will be busy during those hours it works much better. I treat it like a job. I get babysitters. I clean the house beforehand. Anything that would normally keep me from my writing. I have decided that I will not let any excuse get in the way. I agree with JM Snyder. Before the day begins is a great time to write.

At September 20, 2011 10:29 pm, Blogger The Tame Lion said...

I'm always here to support you.

At December 19, 2011 4:40 pm, Blogger Rick said...

You should do what I do- I subcontract a stunt double to live my life while I'm writing.

At January 28, 2012 7:37 pm, Blogger LittleMissPipedream said...

i gues that if have a family that's the thing that completes you, and brings joy into your days, have a wife and kids IT'S the reason why keep writing is not so difficult..!the feelings that brings to you, give inspiration, in every way! and there's always time for do what you love to do.


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