Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Finding Time To Write

At the Texas Word Wrangler Festival, I had the opportunity to talk with fellow writers, and I had one questions that I really wanted to ask them:

When do you find the time to write?

Answers varied from making the time on Sundays to scribbling something down during work to taking a notebook into the restroom and hiding.

I teach so, unfortunately, I can't write at school. I have 45 minutes in each class period to teach what I can. It's not enough time to do anything extra. I can't see myself using the restroom and writing at the same time and my Sundays are filled with softball tournaments, games, washing dishes and family time.

I also found out that most of the writers at the festival happened to be retired. I look forward to the day in which my only job is to write and devote my time to my novels but right now, I have to STEAL time.

I stay up late at night, I take my lunches in my classroom, I take what I can and still a week will race passed me with nothing to show for it. It is frustrating me to no end. I have four children who require me to be the taxi, the cook, the secretary, the bank and the nurse just to name a few.

I sit here with guilt heavily weighing down on my heart because I'm typing this blog instead of typing my novel or editing or marketing....but I had to let out my frustration.

I heard someone say once that frustration can be eased through writing - we will see in five minutes if that's true.

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