Starting, for me is easy. Something sparks an idea. It could be a dream, a piece of clothing, a song, a person, a tree…it could be anything. The excitement of a new idea makes my heart race and I can’t wait to put something down on paper. With the first burst of creative enthusiasm, the ideas flow. Creating the major players, the location, the basic storyline, it’s all intoxicating.

Then, real life interferes. The writing process becomes one more task you have to fit into the everyday events of your life. Sometimes, it’s overwhelming. Sometimes, it’s an escape. But, it’s always there, waiting for you to return. And, it’s always with you. The story replays itself in your head. The characters you’ve lovingly created dwell in a special place in your heart. They wait patiently for you to to come back to the fictional world you’ve created for them.

Starting is easy. Finishing not so much. But, whether it takes 5 months or 5 years to finish a book, the time spent writing is yours alone. It’s a personal journey of growth and emotion. It’s worth every second of time you devote to it, until you write those last two magical words…THE END

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I haven’t written much in the last couple of months.  Between taking care of my elderly parents, working full time, and just trying to keep up with this and that, my writing has suffered.  It’s simple really…I just need more hours in each day.  That’s not asking for too much is it?  But, since that’s not likely to happen, I am going to make a deal with myself and try to write at least one hour a day regardless of what is going on in my crazy busy life!  I have this story just burning a hole in my mind and it must be written soon!  What I’ve written so far, I absolutely love, but I haven’t written nearly enough. It’s always been hard for me to sit down and write for a short time, because once I’m into a scene I don’t want to stop.  But, because of the demands on my time now, I have to adjust this way of thinking and squeeze writing into whatever spare time I can find.  Does anyone have any writing on a time budget ideas?  Would love to hear from you!