When life gives you lemons… how do you keep on writing?

When life gives you lemons…

It’s time again for Writer’s Reveal. This month, the topic is: When life gives you lemons… how do you keep on writing?

This month, it was my turn to come up with the Writer’s Reveal topic. I missed last month because of a very sick little boy. Over the last 12 months, there have been times when writing has been hard due to other commitments. There have been times when it seems like everything is conspiring to prevent me from finding any time to write.

The big question during these times is “How do I keep on writing?”

If I say it’s easy, then I would be lying. Between work, looking after sick kids, and running a household, by the time I would usually write, I’m exhausted!

What did I do?

Here are some of the things:

  • Only do what is absolutely necessary – anything that isn’t an absolute necessity would be put on the “do it later” pile.
  • Don’t stress about not writing – I know there are lots of articles that say to be a writer you must write every day. When life gets tough, sometimes writing must take second or even third place in the list of priorities.
  • Write for fun – there were days when I would just write a piece of flash fiction that was purely for fun and not for any other purpose.
  • Prioritise – there are some things that I wanted to be sure still happened, such as my blog posts for authors series of post, so I set aside some time to make sure that happened

There are times when life throws you lemons, but we need to make the best of it. Who knows, maybe this time in my life will become a bestselling novel one day… or maybe not.

This post is part of the Writer’s Reveal monthly blog challenge. To read some of the other posts, visit the blogs below:

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Comments

  1. Great post! You certainly seem to have your priorities straight (I still have some trouble in that area). Sorry about your son! Hope he’s feeling better. Good luck finding time to write! My post will be up in a couple of days. Thanks for the prompt!

  2. Pfft … When you’re a parent, I don’t think you can write a little day … not unless you have a nanny and a maid. As you’ve found things happen – kids get sick and you need to prioritise (hope he is better by the way). I’ve just found I have to let it go – which is hard – and write when I can. I have to do the stuff that pays the bills first, plus looking after the kids and myself, and then I just catch up on writing when I can. And try not to stress about it.

  3. Those are some great ideas! It’s not always easy to write and be a parent, but we prioritise and somehow we still manage to do it!

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