Camp NaNo and Writing Time

I should be writing, translating, or at least creating covers, but …

In June I decided to participate in Camp NaNo in July. There, a writer can set an individual goal and write toward it, communicating with other writers that are assigned to the cabin. I jumped right in on July 1st and wrote quite a lot. But then the time I have for things like this got shorter and shorter and shorter. The kids are on summer holiday. Somehow that influences all and everything.

 

I love having my kids around, and since we can’t go on a summer trip this year, I’m trying to do small things with them that they can enjoy (like going to the cinema, visiting Hamburg for a day, etc.). Strangely enough, not getting my writing done leaves an empty feeling in my heart. It’s as if my Muse is jealous. When I manage to sit down to write, it takes quite a while to tease her out of hiding. It’s hard to make her understand that my family will always come first.

I’m doing my best to adjust my routine to accommodate the kids’ needs and my Muse’s desires. Do you have a similar problem? Or are your children grown? Are you a reader and find it hard to make time for the next book? Share your struggle with me in the comments. I might learn something from it.

2 thoughts on “Camp NaNo and Writing Time”

  1. Mil Holmes says:

    My kids are grown. Finding time to write is difficult once in a while. Still, making memories with your children is great. Let your muse be jealous. She, he, it, has to be satisfied with the time you do spend writing.

    1. Cat says:

      I totally agree. A friend just reminded me that “my daily grind is their childhood”. I’m trying to make it the best they can have.

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