Wednesday, September 4, 2013

IWSG: How Do I Whip Up Some More Time?

Today is IWSG day. Thanks to the thoughtful Alex Cavanaugh for hosting! September is going to be a busy month. I have some juicy freelance writing assignments to work on. On top of that, both my kids will be starting at new preschools. My daughter will be transferring from her current preschool to a new school in the middle of the month. I will be accompanying my son to a parent-participation preschool one morning each week. My husband and I have been busy going through paperwork, running errands, and taking our kids to the pediatrician to have forms filled out. 

Once school begins, we'd have to adapt to a new routine and take on some added duties. Required parent volunteer hours, for example. 

After attending the SCBWI conference in LA, I created an action plan for myself. The plan involves me finishing one hearty revision of my WIP before the end of the year. I'm still hoping to get there. But I wish I could conjure up more hours in a day. More time, unlike more cupcakes, isn't something I have a recipe for. 

How do I whip up an extra two hours in a day? How does September look for you?

28 comments:

Empty Nest Insider said...

Congrats on your "juicy freelance writing assignments!" I'd love to hear more about them. Sounds like your kids will be keeping you pretty busy too. I wish that I could give you advice on adding extra time into your day. Instead I will tell you to enjoy this precious time with your children, as they really do grow up fast. Record as much of these moments as you can. I've already forgotten so much, and I'm not that old! Good luck juggling everything, and it will all be worth it.

Julie

Natalie Aguirre said...

September is always busy for me too because my daughter's on the high school swim team. If you figure out how to add hours to the day, please let me know. And good luck with your writing goals.

Cathrina Constantine said...

You are a busy woman. September is always the start of something new and what I read I can't believe you have time to write. I just joined the SCBWI. Good Luck Cynthia.

Elsie Amata said...

Those forms from school are never-ending. I think they add more sheets each year! Good luck!!

Elsie

Kim Van Sickler said...

Good luck with your action plan. Conferences have a way of spurring us on, don't they? I'll be attending the Northern OH SCBWI Conference in a few weeks and am looking forward to that breath of re-inspiration.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Now I want cupcakes. :)

I've started getting up earlier to fit exercise/activity in. If I leave it to later in the day, I won't do it. My days are feeling longer and more productive even though I get started on my work later.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You'll find the time. You'll make the time! Once you're into a routine, it will happen.
And my September looks insane, thanks.

Isis Rushdan said...

My son will be starting preschool within the next couple of weeks. I'm nervous about the decision and starting to second guess myself. Maybe I should have chosen the smaller preschool with a less robust curriculum even though it was 25 min away. Then again, the enriched curriculum will serve him better in the long run and he'll still get plenty of attention with his dynamic personality at the larger school. My husband doesn't share my anxiety and thinks our son will be fine, which he probably will.

Rather than trying to create more hours in the day, I'm focusing on trying to make at least 2-3 hours more productive for writing. Good luck.

Cherie Colyer said...

There never is enough time to do everything we'd like. September is going to be a busy month for me. Most my writing will probably be done late at night as long as my eyes cooperate and stay open.

I'm sorry I missed the conference. SCBWI LA is one of my favorites. Happy writing!

Pat Hatt said...

Time is always a pain to find, but it can be found

Julie Luek said...

So much going on in life. Having little ones is such a busy time. I always admire women, like yourself, who remember to snag time for their dreams.

Jennifer Lane said...

The parent participation preschool sounds awesome (and time consuming). I just started a new job August 1 so that's keeping me busy, but I hope to squeeze in some writing time soon.

Gina Gao said...

September has proven to be busy for me too, with summer classes and moving into college in a few weeks.

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Dianne K. Salerni said...

If you figure out how to invent more time, please let me know! I'm back to teaching, and my kids will soon need transportation to and from all their extracurricular activities, and I have writing deadlines to meet!

S.P. Bowers said...

My September looks about like yours. My son started pre-k and it has brought it's own time commitments. I have to say my house is a little less clean than normal as I try to reach my goal of finishing my current draft next week. I'm not going to make it but I'll get as close as I can.

Good luck, and I hope you find a recipe for time.

Paul R. Hewlett said...

Time, there is never enough! Congrats on the freelance jobs. I wish I had the answer, but I think just sitting down and writing is all you can do.

Paul R. Hewlett

kimlajevardi.com said...

Oh, time... We all need more. If I knew the secret, I'd share it, but nothing. ;) I hope you successfully juggle all your commitments and goals. Good luck!

Great IWSG post!

Kim Lajevardi
(This Writer's Growing)

Nancy Gideon said...

Oh, Cynthia, I feel your pain! Find the path of least resistance when the outside world (including family) isn't demanding your time. I get up two hours early to find my writing grove - have done that for years until it's a habit. Steal those precious minutes wherever you can find them.

Sher A. Hart said...

You posted about my biggest problem too. I've been dovetailing. I used to fold laundry while watching TV, but now hubby does both. I can't if I want to finish my editing jobs on time. I still dovetail reading with my exercise walks. Try it. It's not hard like everyone thinks it is. I can even take my baby laptop and edit a bit--not too much because it's hard to type on a touchscreen while moving. Other than that, I still edit or write at night after the interruptions are in bed. I need your goals to get me moving faster!

Misha Gericke said...

Hahaha I also said that a few days ago. I only want two extra hours a day. Doesn't seem like much to ask... ;-)

Nick Wilford said...

Aren't "required volunteer" hours a contradiction? :)

Seriously though - you can only do what you can. I've got some freelance writing too which takes up time, but ATM it's my only writing that brings in income... I've "nearly finished" my WIP for about two months and still not there, but now with my littlest one in school full time it's slightly easier. I'll be happy just to finish that and do a revision of my previous WIP before the end of the year. If you've got a Kindle how about carrying that around and making edit notes on your WIP at odd moments - even while making dinner. Good luck!

GranTurismo Driver said...

Nice post, great blog, following :)

Good Luck :)

Nicole said...

I don't know how to whip up more time either, but if you discover the secret recipe, let me know! :)

Julie Musil said...

Hey, Cynthia! Nice to meet you :)

You're a busy mama, that's for sure. It always takes us a few days to adjust to the new school year (parents AND kids). Good luck to you as you whip up your wip!

Teresa Coltrin said...

If only. I NEED a recipe that will add more time to my day. :)

Sherry Ellis said...

The only way I whip up two extra hours is either to go to sleep two hours later, or get up two hours earlier. ;) Good luck with everything!

posse said...

I wake up extra early when I want more time for myself.

posse said...

ps. thanks for the follower icon suggestion, which i've recently added to my blog!

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