Being a writer with children in the house presents numerous problems for writers when it comes to making time to write. I’ve learned to write with things going on around me, whether it’s t.v., kids playing, and what have you. I’m not as efficient compared to if I was alone and things are quiet, but we must make do with the circumstances given us. Harder for me in these generally non-quiet times, is the creation process. I function much better on the development of ideas side when things are quiet. So, what’s a writer to do? Take advantage of the quiet times that do occur. In the shower, after kids go to bed, after I go to bed, are all times I turn my attention to this side of my writing process. It’s powering thinking, I suppose. Many of my story breakthroughs come during these times, not when I’m at my computer writing. The distractions just aren’t conducive to it. So, pay attention to these moments and when you regularly have them, and take advantage of them. Many a writer makes their living working around the everyday activities of life. We don’t generally get the privelege of hiding away in a cave and writing for hours on end.
What do you do to make ‘space’ for yourself to think? Happy reading/writing everyone!