Thursday, 23 July 2009

The writing bug


This year I have been overwhelmed by moving house. The planning and organising has dominated my life: packing and unpacking boxes, trying to keep the family fed and watered, being there 100% for my children to settle in. My life - my aims and goals - have taken second place to the family chaos.

Yesterday, for the first time in ages, I sat down and thought: I want to write my book. I want to get this back into my time schedule. I want to make this space for me, for expressing myself, for being creative.

So what happens as of 3.15pm tomorrow? School holidays. Am I really likely to get a moment's peace?

Now I'm planning: take the laptop on holiday. Work out how to blog from mobile (have to confess this is highly unlikely to work!) Consider booking children into holiday camps for entire 5 weeks. (Would Grannie like them?) Insist on a couple of hours a day, uninterrupted, simply to write.

Or ... accept the reality. Enjoy the children while they are still prepared to tolerate me. Plan for a solid routine when term starts in September.

Which do you think will win?

9 comments:

Collette@Jesuslovesmums said...

I took my laptop on holiday earlier in the month and I didn't blog once while away or write! I think the latter will win !
Collette xxx

SandyCalico said...

I suspect you may have to wait. I 'write' in my head during the day and then whenever I have chance (usually in the evening) I get typing. Good luck!

The Dotterel said...

Writing is as writing does... just take a pen and paper with you everywhere you go and write ideas down before they're lost forever. You can 'write' it properly in those long, dark winter evenings that are fast approaching!

Catharine Withenay said...

I know - family will take over. But I hope I'll squeeze a little writing in during hours that I'm awake!

clareybabble said...

I'd so love a laptop so I can write whenever I feel..never going to happen though! Have tagged you at mine xx

Hadriana's Treasures said...

Catharine...I am SURE you will write your book. When we were at that writing workshop you got a lot of good feedback on your book idea. I am 100% sure/positive that you will do it.

Life does get in the way though and you've been through a lot of upheaval lately.

I agree with The Dotterel...even jotting down ideas helps and sometimes you/I/me/one ends up writing more than realised. It all comes in handy.

Enjoy the children whilst they are still around. I sit here tapping away at my computer and feel guilty I am not spending more time with them. But hey...they can play while I am with them...it all works out!

I've wanted to be a writer since I was about 10. I get so frustrated that I haven't achieved it yet. But I will do it. I live by that dream. It's what keeps me going.

You'll do it too! Hx

Working Mum said...

You have to give in to the summer holiday thing.

For me, it's the other way round; in term time I don't get a minute to myself, but the holidays are when I do all the stuff I couldn't do in term time (like too much blogging!)

Mel said...

Well the second book is going so much more slowly. I was planning a 1000 word count per day, I am lucky to do 100 with the holidays but with September comes more time! With luck it will get easier, good luck and make sure you write your ideas down so they do not disappear into the ether.
There is an award for you over at mine.

cheshire wife said...

There aren't enough hours in the day at the moment. So will it be better when the days are shorter? The Dotterel seems to think so!

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