Hiding in Plain Sight
Any mom knows you can’t “hide” from your kids. It’s fundamentally impossible, they will find you (whisper that last line for dramatic effect). The moment I leave the room is the moment I’m needed the most (even if they have been ignoring me, literally all morning.)
Since I started writing my novel, 3 weeks ago, I have been asked by other mamas, “How do you find the time to write?” Want the honest truth? I don’t. My to do list is long. There’s a laundry monster taking over my room, dishes to be done and children who need me. So, instead of searching forever for this magical thing called time (and wasting it in the process) I take it! Morning, noon or night. Example, while drying my hair today I rushed to my computer three times to write down ideas that popped into my wet head. I get the most done after my kids to go bed, but starting during the day maximizes the few hours I have a night. I write from a central point in my house, the kitchen table. There I sit smack dab in the middle of everything, camouflaged by normalcy (mom sitting at the table with a cup of coffee what’s not normal about that?) I write through most of the day without much interruption, while still being a part of my kids daily activities.
My approach may not work for everyone, but I do what I gotta do to get stuff done! So far it’s working (as far as the writing part goes) but I will update you in the future as I get further along. Now about battling that laundry monster? Well, that’s a topic for another day. In the meantime I’ll be a writing mama, attempting to balance one aspect of my life at a time.