Wednesday, September 27, 2006

How Do You Find The Time?

This is the question my mother asked me last weekend.

"How do you find the time to write novels? I mean, with a full-time job, and a husband, and..."

"No kids," I finished for her. That's my standard answer, anyway. Without children, I'm fully aware that I should have oodles more time in my day than people who are working full time, raising a family, and still finding time to churn out books.

Of course, I'm also a high school English teacher, so I'm spending a decent part of any given night returning students' emails or phone calls, answering questions about their writing, and trying to grade the stacks of papers I take home with me every week.

But still, I do find the time. I tried to get up early, before work, the way a lot of authors do, but 5:45 comes quickly enough. I can't do earlier than that. So I usually write for a couple of hours a night, after dinner. My hubby is wonderfully supportive and doesn't mind too much if I'm holed up in the office. I'm also trying not to watch any new TV shows, other than the 4 I'm already addicted to, because that's a huge drain on my time.

But I'm interested in what other people do. When do you find the time to write? What other commitments do you have to juggle? Do you write at the same time every day, or whenever you can catch some spare minutes?


Marianne Arkins said...

I'm an early bird... so I write in the morning. I also take a notepad to bed with me (hubby is a night owl, so I crash long before he does) and jot down ideas and notes. Then DD has quiet time every afternoon to work on her schoolwork, and I typically use that, too.

Still, I think the most important time for me is the morning.

And, yeah, TV has got to go. What a time stealer!

Pam said...


I think everyone has to have a creative outlet or they go nuts and writing is solidly in first place in this regard for me. But, as an empty nester, I don't have that many pressing distractions and, for the most part, I pick and choose those.

Congratulations, btw, on yet ANOTHER agent request. :-) You're doing something right.