I have found The Way.
Writing is a very, VERY hard dream to chase, especially in the midst of life.
Ideally, time would pause long enough to allow some rest, let my imagination wander, and pound out an impressive word count without being absent from my family.
But let’s be real. Time is elusive.
I’m a stay-at-home mom of two boys, one in kindergarten and one with me at all times. Evenings with my husband are vitally important. I freelance write part-time. Writing fiction is my dream I’m working very hard to achieve, as well. The only thing is, fiction always takes a back burner to family, home, and my job. Also, were in the process of trying to sell our home.
Can I get an AMEN from all my writer friends out there?
It seemed impossible. I even quit fiction for a few months because I was lucky if I got more than an hour a week to work.
But I’ve found The Way.
The Way isn’t easy. In fact, it’s by far the most difficult method for accomplishing something. It’s by far the most exhausting method.
It’s also by far the most successful method.
I’ll tell you The Way. Are you ready for this?
Waking up early.
I mean, super early. So early it needs to be in all caps.
Even the moon thinks I’m nuts when I get up and brew a pot of coffee (because the sun is nowhere to be found. EARLY.)
This is a big deal. A huge sacrifice for me. I like sleep. Sleep is fun. Sleep and I get along really well.
So I knock out the freelance first. And behold, I have about half an hour for fiction.
Half an hour may not seem like much, but for a stay-at-home mom who is never alone, half an hour in solitude is an ETERNITY. A SWEET eternity.
It’s far better than fighting for one hour a week of writing time when you can hear the husband and kids nearby, and you have to fight the urge to come out and manage children (and husband).
I mean, they’re boys. They’d almost skip meals to keep playing.
It’s a battle every morning when that alarm goes off, but it’s worth it to go through the day knowing I’ve fulfilled my freelance schedule and squeezed in some glorious fiction.
There’s a reason for the saying, “The early bird gets the worm.”
For me, the early (EARLY) bird gets the word.