Most authors I’ve come across complain about getting writer’s block. Their characters or “imaginary friends” aren’t talking to them, and they don’t know which way their plot is going. My struggle is of a different sort, I struggle carving time out of my busy day to write.
When I started writing a couple of years ago, I had this grand plan of releasing a new book every few months. I had the characters and storylines already planned out in my head after all! Then reality set in. I’m a full-time employee with two kids, a husband, and a house to take care of. Your typical middle-class suburbia mom 🙂 Realistically, the only time I have to write is in the evening, when my kids are in bed and before I have to turn in for the night (about 2 hours a day). Some authors say they write on the weekends, but for me those days are sacred family time.
It’s more of a quality vs. quantity for me since I don’t have the luxury of time. It’s also important for me to make time to read books written by other authors. So I make it a point read on the weekends and listen to audiobooks during weekdays. And during my breaks at work, I plot my own novels.
I constantly wish for more hours in the day but since time travel hasn’t been invented yet I have to work with the little time I do have. If it takes me 6 months-1 year to release one novel then so be it. I write the stories I want to read, and maybe one day writing can become more than just a passion.
One shouldn’t feel pressured to speed up the creative process. If life gets in the way, then let it get in the way. Don’t give up family time to sit in front of a computer and spend time with your imaginary friends instead. Your manuscript can wait, trust me you can go back to a novel a year later and pick up precisely where you left off. Perhaps, my way is a bit passive but it works for me.
No one knows your life and circumstances better than you, so don’t feel the need to justify your actions or choices. Keep reading and keep writing 🙂