As a Busy Lady I have little time to write. With three kids; a sophomore in High School, a Kindergartener and a 3 yr. old, my time is limited already. Add in my full-time day job and my second business I own, I have less and less time to write.
So where do I find time? I have learned that I cannot write when the kids are home. It’s too distracting. Even though we have a designated office with French doors, they find a way in. It’s not just them; I want to be around too. So I have had to come up with some other avenues and you may have to also.
This past weekend I took my very first Writcation. What is a Writecation? It’s a vacation just to write.
I was smart about the location of my Writecation. I chose a location where my current novel is set (Grafton IL), found a haunted little hotel. Little did I know the room didn’t have a phone and my cell phone didn’t work either, I had no contact with the outside world, except for Facebook. It was a blessing. Being “off the grid” helped me concentrate. My room was small with only a full size bed and tiny bathroom. There was a refrigerator and a large deck that overlooked the Missouri River. It was lovely and very inspirational. I stayed at The Reubel Hotel in Graton IL.
I brought with me the writers necessities: Diet Coke, chips and dip, Lunchables, fruit, hummus and water. I know myself, so I only packed pajamas! I figured, if I didn’t have any other clothes I wouldn’t be tempted to walk around the quaint town and spend hours looking in shops and antique stores. It Worked! I only left the room once (and that was for more coffee).
I was able to write a good 9,000 words, less than I wanted, but more than I could of at home. Not only was I able to get words down, but it refueled my passion for the book and the love of my characters, which to me is worth every cent I spent. Side note: all of my expenses are tax deductible.
I know all of you don’t have a husband that would watch your kids all weekend or funds to take a trip. There are other ways to make your own mini-Writecation. If you are as busy as I am, you will have to schedule time and pray your muse is ready when you are. Plan ahead – know what you want to accomplish, set aside time and energy…then do it!
Places to go:
-The public library
-Outside, if it’s a nice day
-A friend’s house (if they are out of town)
Anywhere will work as long as you reduce your distractions and keep to your plan. We have to make our writing a priority or it will never get done. Just like eating and sleeping, we writers can’t live without writing.
Just another day in the life of a Busy Lady
How do you make time to write?