One of the questions I get asked most often is whether or not I have a specific writing schedule.
Usually, I respond by explaining that when my kids were younger, I used to write at night, but as they, and I, got older, I tended to do most of my writing while the kids are in school. Makes sense. The house is totally empty and in theory, I should have about six hours of uninterrupted writing time.
Yeah, right. Add in phone calls, walking the dog, errands and all the other various work that I do and that six hours whittles down to maybe one or two at the most. Still a nice chunk of time, although not nearly as impressive as those six!
Well, for the past two weeks, I’ve been lucky if I could find even half of that to write. My book released, and I’ve been on a promo frenzy. The school year is almost done and suddenly my kids need end-of-year project supplies RIGHT NOW. They leave for camp in two weeks and there is packing and shopping an organizing to do (none of which I’ve actually started). And I have a major fundraising project that I’m chairing that is in the organizational stages, which is sucking even more time away from me.
Needless to say, if I write 75 words at a stretch, I do a major cheer.
However, my kids are leaving for camp in two weeks! And that will give me three and a half weeks of uninterrupted writing time. Now, don’t laugh. I know I said that above when I talked about having time while they’re in school. And I know that things will get in the way while they’re away. But my major goal this summer while they’re at camp is to spend the majority of my days writing. Just like I spent February writing 1,000 words a day, I’m aiming for at least that while they’re away. And my incentive, to keep that up, is the NJ Romance Writer’s Put Your Heart in a Book Conference in October. I’m going, and I’m pitching agents on one of the two stories I’m currently writing. I even told my husband I’m not doing any of the house projects I usually tackle while they’re away.
So I have a goal and I have a deadline. I think I’m going to be able to do it. Want to join me?