Published authors and editors give the same piece of advice conference after conference. To write well you need to write everyday. And I agree.

It’s like learning to play the piano. My mother made me practice the piano half an hour everyday after school when I was a child. The truth is, a half hour wasn’t enough. I needed more practice. Trust me on this.  I didn’t have the natural gift for the piano, so to make up for that deficit, I needed practice, and more than just 30 minutes a day.

I recently told my son who just started playing the trumpet at school (get out the ear muffs) that the difference between a bad musician and a good one is practice and the difference between a good one and a great one is practice. Only a few have a natural ability, a natural talent. But the more you put into it, the better you’ll be. That goes for most anything.(My son practiced for an hour tonight)

Writing is the same. I don’t have the natural gift to put beautiful words to paper to create a sensory feast for all who read. So to be better, I need practice. That means writing every chance I get.

I’m not saying I’ll write everyday.  After all, I’m a working mother, and to say I’ll write everyday would be dishonest. But I need to put more time into my craft than I give it right now.

So, where do you find the time? I’ve heard others say, get up earlier. I already get up at 5:00 AM to be at work by seven. And I believe I need eight hours of sleep to function properly. I get home in the evening after 5:00 PM,  sometimes an hour or two later than that. And I need that time to be with my family.

I wish I could say I could write on my lunch hour. That would be ideal. The trouble is, if I take lunch, then I don’t get home until much later, because I have too much to do at work.

The desire of my heart is to write full time, but at this point, it’s not an option for me.

If you have ideas on where to find time to write, please leave me a comment.