Hello, Friends and Fam! It’s been a while since I wrote a blog. How y’all been?
Today I want to share some love and also give you a FREEBIE! YAY!
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Also…I decided to share my process of writing. Because I love to inspire others, my book; “How I Wrote My First Novel” will let you in on the detailed steps I took from start to finally publishing, and marketing my baby!
Here are a few tips from my personal writing experience as a busy wife and mother…
I’ve had several people ask me this question:
How do you manage to find time to write books and pursue your dreams and ambitions with a husband and four energetic children?
Well, it ain’t easy but it’s possible!
In this day and age, we are living in a world of advanced technology. It’s hard to find time to write, especially if you have a spouse and active children who love spending time with you. Not to mention helping the kids with their homework, cooking, cleaning, and the list goes on and on and on. Here’s the thing: If you love to write, make sure you don’t treat it like a chore. I like to treat it as a getaway after I’ve organized and accomplished my other duties, and sometimes a breath of fresh air while I’m taking a break.
Here are a few tips that helped me:
- Create a private place in your home.
- Take a voice recorder everywhere you go.
- Have a balanced schedule.
- Be sure to communicate.
- Choose the right time of day that fits your situation.
- Just go for it!!
Create a place in your home that nobody can use but you. This is where you keep all of the material things that spark your creativity; sticky notes, posters, books. Anything and everything that will help to get you going.
Take a voice recorder everywhere you go, just in case you have an idea, but no time to write (I use my cell phone).
Have a balanced schedule. For example Work, chores, spending time with the family, exercising, writing, relaxing, and other tasks that are important to you. Also, pin it up on the wall so that your whole family can see. It may take a while to master it, but you will if you’re persistent.
Be sure to communicate with everyone when you’re about to go into writing mode. I find that my family has to be reminded. Ask if there’s anything they need before you start. Let them know what time you’ll be available. Put a sign on the door, “Do not disturb unless there’s an emergency.” Now that my children are older, I find that this method works for me. My family responds better when I’m specific.
I’ve had plenty of days where my husband may have been working late and was not available to keep an eye on the children (when they were younger). If that’s your situation or if you’re a single parent with small children, you may have to choose a time of the day when your kids are asleep. For example, early in the morning or late at night. The tricky part to this method is getting enough sleep so that you will be sharp the next day. According to Jeffery Jones from Gallup.com, experts say that we need about eight hours per night, but the national average is less than seven.
If you find yourself procrastinating, shake it off and just start writing! Find some motivation. Maybe watch a movie or read a book. Go work out at the gym or listen to a motivational speaker. Do something different every time. These types of activities can spark your creativity. I remember getting writer’s block. It lasted for a few days. I ended up engaging in activities with my family and just letting go of my frustrations. Before I knew it, ideas started pouring in again and I was back to my getaway!
This works for any type of art that you are into.
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