I have three kids, ages 6, 2 1/2 and 6 months. My writing goals are to have my butt in the chair writing at least six hours a week. (not including blogging, reading other books, or other writing-related activities.) When people find these things out about me they kind of look at me funny and say, “Where do you find the time to do that?” “I’m a lazy housewife,” I respond. What can you say to that?

Actually the commitment to being a writer takes sacrifice in a lot of areas. I have consciously decided the things I am willing to give up and those I am not. It’s a balance. As much as I would like to devote eight hours a day to my writing I have other commitments. People I love that need food and care, responsibilities that I willingly took on. Admittedly I’m not a perfect housekeeper. I have clutter, projects that I’ve put on the back burner. My bed isn’t made. My organizationally inclined husband is forever practicing patience and I am forever trying to be better about it.

Here are a few things I do (or do not do) in order to keep me on track with writing goals.

  1. I watch ONE TV show a week. The Office. That’s all folks.
  2. I do not fold my kids laundry. They mess it up anyway, just toss it in the drawer
  3. Dishes stack up in my sink. Wash late at night when brain is not working anyway
  4. Get up at 5am
  5. Nap time is sacred writing time. Block everything else out.
  6. I live in a small condo. Less to clean. No yard to take care of.

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