Part-time writing is hard

It’s been a couple of months since I decided that I would start working on my debut novel. I’d always wanted to get started on writing fiction, and the initial thrill of putting your own words on paper was great. Since then, I’ve started to realise just how difficult it is to write in your spare time only.

Three months ago my first son was born, and life changed forever. Spare time is now filled with looking after little Alex, and every minute that I get I want to spend getting to know him and supporting him as he develops and grows. Naturally, my writing has taken a back seat.

Over the past couple of weeks, the writing bug has bit hard again. I’ve started to work on a few blogs (mainly stuff related to my day job), and I realised how much I enjoy writing. And so, I’m going to get back to working on my book. Even a page a day, or a couple of ideas jotted down, will be enough for me to get started.

I think I’ll need to put a structure of when I write in place. Getting home from work and spending time with my son seems to eat up all my time, but if I really worked at it I could find the time to write. And I want to. So I will.

I’m sure I’m not the only person out there who is writing in their spare time. I’d love to hear from those of you who have the same struggles, and in particular learn about how you overcame them. If that’s you, I’d love you to reach out (either in the comments, or on Twitter)!

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