Last week I FINALLY sat down with my laptop. My three-year-old was in her quiet time with her favorite kid's show on the tablet. My three-month-old was sleeping. I had exactly one hour till the next nursing session. I was ready to write!
One paragraph revised. It was going so well! And then...
"Mommy! Kahlan's crying!"
And with that, my writing session ended. Fifteen minutes in. One lousy paragraph written. I felt like an absolute failure.
The next day, I sat down with my laptop. My three-year-old was in her quiet time. My three-month-old was sitting in my lap. I had one hand to type with.
Two paragraphs revised. Cue the diaper needs.
Today, I sat down with my laptop. My three-year-old was in her quiet time. My three-month-old was sitting in my lap again. Two paragraphs revised. Another "crisis" requiring my immediate attention.
Then I caught a break - an extra hour alone. And I got five paragraphs done.
Guys, this is a writer's life. It isn't always fun. It isn't always convenient. And it can take what feels like forever. That's why it's so important to just never stop. I only wrote those few paragraphs this past week. Next week, I'll write a few more paragraphs. The week after, I'll graduate to writing a few pages at a time. By May, I'll be writing multiple scenes a week. And eventually, that first draft will be written.
One paragraph at a time...