I am a mother of three beautiful, but young and very lively children. They are now 5 (nearly 6), just turned 4, and 1. My 5 year old has ADHD and my 4 year old has Asperger’s. Between managing the daily challenges of these conditions and the never-ending therapy schedule for my now 4 year old, plus a baby, I sometimes felt as if I didn’t have time to breathe! Piled on top of that are the normal day-to-days of a mom and wife – housework, meal planning, grocery shopping, laundry you know…the list is unending! So when did I find time to write? I honestly do not know.
It is true that I wrote a lot on my first book before I had children. But I have managed to complete three more novels in the time since my first one was born. Finding time to write has not always been easy. I write during nap times (which don’t always overlap and don’t always happen) and at night as a staple. I also found myself getting much accomplished on vacation. My wonderfully supportive husband (who himself has published 3 software books) helps me find time and make time for writing because he knows I am so driven and passionate about it. You must look for those pockets of time. Trust me…though they may be few and far between…they are there.
I should also note that I have been at it for several years now. Over the years, those “pockets of time” that I was diligent to look for added up. So, don’t be discouraged if all you have is a half hour or an hour every other day or a couple of times a week even. Take your art one scene at a time, one idea at a time, one brush stroke at a time…and just make music happen.