What I think you will see is the dedication all of these writers have to their dream. They don't make excuses and they work with what they have. Still, they don't quit.
Some writers have smoke-filled offices, in which they spend their days perfecting their prose in solitude. Their only interruption is the clink of the bottle on their glass as they pour another shot of whiskey.
I don’t have an office. Instead I have a kitchen, in which I spend my day homeschooling my five children and baking bread. My interruptions are more numerous than the mateless socks in my endless piles of laundry.
Yet, despite this, I finished my first novel last winter, I post to my blog three times a week, I contribute to my church’s parenting blog, I tweet, Facebook and make dinner every night.
I am hardly Super Mom. I get it all done because I do it in ten minute increments.
It looks like this: I set the timer on my microwave for ten minutes and then start writing. Once the timer goes off, I reset it and empty the dishwasher or fold a load of laundry or start a meal. I also check on the children and make sure no one is bleeding. Once that timer dings, I go back to the computer and get a few sentences out. (Woe to the child who interrupts me while I write!) I do this all afternoon and somehow, everything gets done.
I developed this system because I wanted to do it all. I wanted to give all to my family and pursue my writing dreams. I knew that if I looked for big chunks of time, it would never come. So my theory was that ten minutes were better than none at all. And if I did this six times, I would have written for an hour.
Like you, I believe that my dreams are worth pursuing, and like you, I’m pretty busy. I don’t believe that any writer should wait for the perfect moment, or when the kids are older, or huge chunks of time. I think, instead, that setting a timer, and typing like a mad woman is a better strategy. And while I haven’t been published yet, I will be.
And I may just celebrate with a well-earned shot of whiskey.
Katharine Grubb blogs at www.10minutewriter.com