Wednesday, October 5, 2016

IWSG Wednesday



The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Members post about their  doubts and fears, discuss struggles and triumphs, and offer words of encouragement to others who are struggling. 
Since I wrote on a different topic last month, I'm going to post on September's question: How do you find the time to write in your busy day?
The answer for me is really quite simple. I have no life. 
Actually, that's an exaggeration, it should be I had no life. Grin. Since I've retired though, time to write isn't such an issue. 
After the kids had left the nest, and before I'd retired, I went to work, came home and wrote. On weekends, I got up and spent most of the day and evening writing, and hoped for the sake of the house, no one dropped by unannounced:)  
I can remember writing in the parenting days. Like most working moms, I wrote at every opportunity--when  I wasn't working, there weren't student activities and or family outings. I wrote on my lunch hour, waiting in the car for a child, waiting at the doctor's office, etc.  
Being a working-parent-writer is not for wimps. So to the parents who work and write full time kudos.  My hat is off to you.


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41 comments:

  1. I know exactly what you mean about finding time to write.
    Once one has retired you either sit down and vegetate or do something constructive. Great post Sandra.
    Yvonne.

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    1. That pretty much sums it up:)
      Thanks, Yvonne;)

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  2. I think we all find time to do the things we love and need to do, to feed our souls. Hugs, Valerie

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  3. I am so very grateful to any writer who finds/makes the time and has the energy and the determination. Thank you.

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    1. We all appreciate that. Thank you, EC.

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  4. I don't know how people with kids do it. I'm in awe.

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    1. Can you imagine single parenting? Talk about challenging.

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  5. I used to be in that position. Self-employed but time to write. Now I'm self-employed with no time to write.

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    1. You have a lot of irons in the fire, that's for sure.

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    2. You need more heads to wear all those hats:)

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  6. I have no life too lol if I had kids I'd sure have to tweak the amount I put out

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    1. That's okay, Pat. You've got enough of a back list built up, you could take a couple of years off:)

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  7. Perfect. I remember those days well of having no life, no time. And because I wrote all day for a living, writing "after work" wasn't my favorite thing, apart from the blog. I think that applies to everything -- writing, art, developing hobbies. I'm so glad that you finally have the life that allows you to do exactly what you love -- and a lot of other things, too!

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  8. Sandra, I could write a book here about writing and publishing, but I am so very sure the industry has changed much. Short stories didn't sell back while I was writing, but now it seems they are back in vogue. Myself, I thought how to find the time to write and be creative, when you are dealing with the business end? That was a problem to be solved.

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    1. You are so right, Donna. Short stories are very popular right now. And the business end does tend to put a damper on the muse. Sigh.

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  9. Hello Sandra, I love your quote from Nelson Mandela. You found the right rhythm for yourself and you wrote whenever you could. Great.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Patricia

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    1. Thanks, Pat. Mandela was a very, very wise man wasn't he?

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  10. "I have no life." Haha! Oh my goodness. That made me laugh. I don't have a life either. ;)

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    1. I think it's an affliction most of us that write have, don't you, Chrys? :)

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  11. Haha, shameless self promotion! :-D

    -Kati

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  12. LOL!! Great post, Sandra. It's amazing how we had bags of energy when we needed it, isn't it? Nowadays I'm shattered after looking after my 3 year old god-daughter for a day - and my own daughter only left the fold 6 years ago. How quickly we forget :)

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    1. Oh boy, I hear ya on the energy or lack there of after dealing with the little ones. If they could only figure out a way to share that energy with us, hey?

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  13. I find less time it seems being retired. I am busier in other endeavors

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    1. You are on the go, that's for sure:)

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  14. This is my first time here. I've joined your blog now. I remember writing while my five kids were at various appointments or during their sports games. I agree with your picture. It is impossible until it's done. Thanks for sharing. All the best!

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    1. Welcome, Victoria. So glad you stopped by. And many thanks for the follow.

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  15. I don't have time for my life because of all the lives I create in my work. Nope. It's not fair. :-)

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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  16. Sandra you should be proud of yourself and your writing! You kept going! I know if I don't paint, I become a "B"! LOL! I try to juggle things as much as I can. I know even for gardening, I try to split it up, because I feel there is more important things in life, like painting! LOL! Your Power Stone book sounds so cool! Big Hugs!

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  17. It's all about priorities isn't it?
    Thanks;)

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  18. You know all about time management and you really needed this when you were raising your children. Now I wish I had some Cat's eye...that would be fun

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    1. Ha. That would be fun wouldn't it?:)

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  19. guys...we iz gonna hafta chex out thiz book bout power stones !!!!! ♥♥♥☺☺☺

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    1. Especially information on cats or tiger eyes, right?:)

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  20. Finding time to write is tricky with work, but I try to find the time when I can. I would like some more time though and hope I can carve out some larger chunks soon! :)
    ~Jess

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    1. It can sure be challenging, but I know you'll do it, Jess.

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  21. Glad you are happy to have time nowadays for writing. I quit writing when we had our business. But now I can write when I wish, that is unless my hubby has different plans for the day! LOL..Love the shameless promotion. Good for you!!
    JQ Rose

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  22. Hi Janet! How are you?
    I imagine running a business would take every spare minute. Yes, I have much more time at my disposal these days. I recommend retirement for everyone.

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