Balancing Writing with Family Life

Wednesday will be a milestone in my life: My older daughter turns 40, so I will officially enter the realm of old age. I’ll be another old fart rambling around in life, confused with the latest technology, unimpressed with celebrity lifestyles, complaining about the price of groceries, and driving too slow in the fast lane.

However, I’ll still have my writing, and being an old fart will bring new situations to write about in future books and essays. The new manuscript I began on November 1 for NaNoWriMo is taking shape and promises an interesting story. I’m ahead in my daily 1667 word count to make up for the time I’ll lose this week as my younger daughter and I plan the 40th birthday party. 

As we head into the holidays just around the corner, I suspect we will all be challenged to find time for writing in our busy lives as we interact with family and friends, but family and friend time is important to us as writers. Where else can we find all the delicious situations to write about in our stories? 

This week, I challenge you to look to family and friends to find fodder for a story, an essay, or a novel. Whether you type notes, make an outline, or scribble a few words from an overheard conversation on a cocktail napkin, just do it—Write Now!

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About Susan Harvey

I'm a humor writer and a newly retired college English instructor. I enjoy reading and writing yet don't take time to do what I really love--writing. I began writing a mystery-romance novel three years ago. Now that I'm retired, I will make time to write with the goal of finishing my novel.
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