Beyond a doubt, the most difficult part of writing at home is finding the time to actually do it. The Litzo’s are no exception. We struggle with balancing the distractions of everyday life and the discipline to take the time to create.
Even though, as an author, you know you have to make the opportunity to write, daily life often gets in the way. For stay at home moms and dads, the challenge becomes even greater. The search and battle for alone time can become daunting. Add to that the guilt of putting everyone aside for an endeavor that may or may not pay off, and you’ve got a recipe for disaster. That great novel can get put on a back burner and can be forgotten except for the occasional regret.
How you manage to find that time, and you must if you want to be a successful writer, is an individual thing but some aspects of the process are universal. We have discovered that some of the guilt and scheduling can be managed if we think of our writing as our job, maybe a second job or even a third job, but a job nonetheless. The payoff may not be immediate but it is definitely an investment in the future.
We try to remember that what we are doing is important, not just to us but to those people who take a chance us and who take their own time to read our books. So, don’t give up and don’t back down. Find the time to succeed, even if you have to carve it out of your day one minute at a time.
Eric, Anne and Nancy