After publishing five books, no one asks, “When do you find time to write?” Instead, I am asked, “When is the next book coming out?”
No one wonders about the process, just the end product. No one assumes I work a day job, raise a family, or have other responsibilities. After all, most successful authors devote their working hours to writing and promoting their books.
But my story is a little different.
When a family is divided, the responsibilities multiply. I went from supporting one household to supporting two households. I went from caring for two children to five children. Everything in my life seemed to increase instead of decrease, except for time.
I’m learning to sacrifice things I have never sacrificed before so I have nuggets of time to write.
And still, the muse is not satisfied.
But I cannot quit my job, abandon my families, and run away to a writer’s retreat for 12 weeks to pound out a first draft. I must stick to these small wedges of time—five minutes here, two minutes there—to develop my next story even if it takes months to get the job done.