During the open forum at the first writers conference I attended, I asked the panel how in the world they found time to write in the hustle and bustle of life. New to the scene, as a working wife and mother, I had no idea how I was going to actually accomplish writing an entire novel. The unanimous answer from the panel members was that writers don’t have time, they make time. They prioritize each day. So just how important was it to me to follow my dream of becoming a novelist?
I quickly realized I had to schedule time for writing and sort out the aspects of my life that could be managed with a little less attention. The schedule looks different for every writer. Some block out an hour or two every day, while others lock themselves in their house for a few weeks until the project is done. For me, the best time is in the evenings after the children are in bed (my husband works the swing shift.) On Saturdays, my sister Jessica or my best friend Christy sometimes take my children for a couple hours. Even though my home isn’t as clean as I’d like and I drink more caffeine than I ought just to stay awake, my hard work has finally paid off – my novels are about to be published!