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Question: You’re busy. How do you make time to write?

I’m not typically a betting person, but I bet I can guess something about you right now. You’re busy. In fact, sometimes the hours go by, you look up, and you wonder where the day went.

Am I right? Am I close?

How did I know? Because most of us are busy. We have calendars bursting at the seams with all the things we need to do and all the things we want to do and all the things we hope to do.

I’m glad to know I’m not alone in my busyness. My husband and I have two little girls who are nine and seven. We homeschool. Our nine year old has Asperger’s Syndrome (currently called high-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder) and our seven year old has sensory challenges and anxiety. Each involves weekly appointments.

Like you, we’re busy.

But I’m also a writer who wants to publish her first novel. Where does that fit in? How do I make that happen? Mostly, by sheer force of will. Seriously. Because we make time for things that matter to us.

I get up before my girls get up and I forego Netflix (most nights) after they’re in bed. I write in the in between moments. I use playlists that are 10 or 15 minutes and pour out a scene, some dialogue, descriptions of the world I’m building for my characters, Willow and Poppy:

The two trekked in silence for the next while as they navigated what had become a fairly rocky hill that required great effort to climb even with the little they carried for there was no clear trail, although they followed a well-worn footpath when it appeared along their way. Willow considered her dream and considered the creature on the bridge and wondered again why Judah had left without speaking with her. It was he, after all, who had made mention that her journey would require her to defeat the angels of darkness. And how was she to defeat anyone if he had taken with him her sword and shield?”

Writing matters to me and we make time for the things that matter, don’t we? We schedule date nights and appointments and we manage to eat (most days, at least, right?). We should include our passions on our calendar. When we make time for the things that feed our hearts and souls, we give them the weight of validity in our lives. They become more than a dream or an idea; they become a matter of intimate importance.

You’re busy. I’m busy. But that doesn’t mean we can’t make time for the things that matter. For me, that’s writing. What is it for you?

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