Add that to the list of things-you’ll-never-hear-a-writer-say. I’ve been at this for several years now, and hands-down the most difficult part of writing a novel is making the time to write (notice I said “making,” not finding). There are so many distractions and options that days can slip away before you realize you haven’t written anything. Talk about discouraging!
The truth is this – there isn’t a lot of time in anyone’s life to write a novel, but you can do it.
Instead of telling you how I do it, however, I’m going to defer to fellow Michigan writer Jody Hedlund. An award-winning author, she’s also the mother (and teacher!) to five children. If anyone has an excuse not to write, it’s Jody, but she still writes. She has, in fact, written – and published – 14 books.
If you’re thinking about quitting, please reconsider. Here are a few words from Jody that I hope will encourage you to keep going!