Finding time to work on my book

book getting written

Although my life has been super hectic of late, on Thursday last week I cancelled all plans and achieved the ultimate parenting holy grail: both kids napping at the same time. For two whole hours!

I’d had some book related ideas swirling around in my head for a while, and was desperate to get them out. I actually drew a spider diagram before booting up the laptop – this is a huge step for me, because usually I avoid pen and paper like the plague. When I did fire up the beast I focused on the task at hand and wrote about three thousand words. It felt so positive, like I was working towards a big bright future.

The thing is, writing really is addictive and all I want to do now is write write write! I’ve been very inspired by other writing friends banging out tens of thousands of words each month. I’m hereby setting my own challenge: first draft written by the end of September. That’s almost three months, and hopefully realistic to achieve.

We’ll soon find out. Wish me luck!


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  3. Thanks so much Fiona! Just need to achieve some more of those duel naps 🙂

  4. Thank you so much for the encouragement and reading recommendations hon! It feels great to be book writing again 🙂

  5. Thanks Sophie! I haven’t heard of that program but will check it out later on the laptop 🙂 go you! I remember reading about your novel when I first came across your blog. Fab that you got the first draft out in three months – I may be knocking at your door at some point! Mine is essentially about how I broke the cycle of dysfunction to ensure my kids have a better childhood than I did. Can be a hard slog to write at points, but when I’m in the zone I’m finding it easy xx

  6. Fantastic 🙂 There’s nothing quite like the feeling of getting those words out there. I found Scrivener really helpful as a writing program – good for planning and breaking down the word count. I wrote the first draft of my second novel in about 3 months at the beginning of this year so it can be done! There will be days when you have to force the words out, but it’s definitely worth it. Good luck!! (And what’s the book about btw?) xx

  7. Brilliant, once you start exercising those creative muscles, the more they work well-go, go, go-I love pen to paper and often jot or start there before the laptop. Amazing books which helped me no end especially in my screenwriting work but relevant for all writers at all stages are Dorethea Brande’s Becoming a Writer and The Art of Dramatic Writing by Lajos Egri (the latter such an eye opener to the psyche of character and why people behave the way they do! #allaboutyou

  8. Writing really is addictive, I don’t think I have the patience for writing a book though. Best of luck with your personal challenge!

  9. Ahhh thank you honey, you’ve stolen the thoughts from my head there – sometimes the lack of will is all encompassing. I blame the baby lol xx

  10. Thanks so much, very true… the damn thing just needs writing now!!

  11. Thanks so much for stopping by 🙂 That’s what I’m hoping for!

  12. Wow a book, that sounds great and good look i’m sure once you get into the swing of it the words will flow 🙂 #magicmoments

  13. Thanks so much. If ever I need some motivation I’ll read this comment xxx

  14. Thanks Denise, as I said we’ll soon see! There’s a super annoying song in a kids programme called Me Too that I cannot get out of my head – it goes: can she do it, can she do it… rather fitting 🙂

  15. Thanks so much Carol 🙂

  16. Thank you, it felt soooooo good!

  17. Thanks Iona! Really happy to hear that – being inspired and inspiring others is my favourite thing about blogging x

  18. Ahhh thanks Caroline, you can be one of my first readers xx

  19. Thanks hon. The problem with writing is that it can easily end up being last on the to-do list!

  20. It was fab 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by xx

  21. It really was hon! I’ve managed to do a little bit of writing each day since – some days only about 50 words scribbled on a notepad but it’s better than nothing xx

  22. Well done you! It must feel so satisfying to have made the time, and used it productivity 🙂 Good luck with your target xx #MagicMoments

  23. It is great when you find time to do something you have been wanting to do. Good luck with your book x

  24. Awww husband is the writer in the house and it is a dream of him to sit down and write something. I am so guilty that I cant help. So many things to do. Goodluck on this goal of yours =) #magicmoments

  25. Caroline (Becoming a SAHM) says:

    Wow good for you! So exciting and look forward to reading it one day! Xx #magicmoments

  26. Yay, and how brilliant! I find it so hard to grab any moments for my own writing at the moment. I’ve got the blogging and paid writing work which has to come first. But I’m inspired by you and others to keep plugging away when I can 🙂

  27. Woohoo! Kids napping for two hours and achieving to write your first draft.

  28. Well done you and good luck!

  29. Good luck with it.  That’s one hell of a goal, but if you’ve got the ideas swirling around, no reason why not.


  30. Go go go! You can do it! *cheerleading dance* x

  31. Brilliant stuff-best of luck with it all!I too am writing a book but am finding it almost impossible to sit down and actually write the damn thing!

  32. Good for you! It won’t always be easy I’m sure – on the days that you can’t find the energy/time/will/creativity to write, don’t worry… just think about the fact that you will do three times as much on the days that you can. x

  33. Thank YOU Maddy! Seriously, without reading all about your May Challenge I don’t know if I’d have started writing again any time soon. My book is going to be a lot smaller than originally planned, hence the fairly short time frame. I also might be going back to work in Oct… look forward to hearing how June is going for you lovely xxx

  34. Thanks lovely! Good luck to you too, look forward to learning more xx

  35. Good luck. You’ve inspired me to make time for my own little project! x

  36. maddy@writingbubble says:

    Whoo hoo! Congrats on your 3000 words! It’s so satisfying once you get going isn’t it? And thanks so much for the mention – I’m thrilled to have inspired you! I’m also impressed by your target to finish your first draft by the end of September… I’ll have to step up my pace and try and keep up… xxx

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