Thursday, January 21, 2010

Finding the Time

Many people ask authors how they find the time to write. The truth is, most authors don't have time to write. They have to make time. There is always something that is sacrificed. For me this has been sleep. I used to get up at 4am and write for an hour or two before the kids got up. After a couple of weeks though, I cracked and started yelling at everybody in sight and so my husband said I couldn't do that any more. Then I discovered a secret. If you put first things first, such as family and the gospel, the Lord actually gives you extra time to write.

This has happened to me so many times. I will do everything I am supposed to for my family and my calling, and though it should be impossible, the Lord gives me some extra time in my day to write. And not only that...I write better than I do when I'm trying to force writing time into my day at the expense of what's important. I love this! It just goes to show how miracles and faith really work. And my quality of life is so much better when I enjoy what's most important in life. To me it is a personal miracle that shows how much the Lord loves us all.

Kersten Campbell
"Confessions of a Completely Insane Mother"


elizabeth mueller said...

Yippee! I get to have the first comment! *Doing the first comment dance!*

I know exactly what you mean! I've had to do the balance thing too! I need to always be mindful of how I prioritize so that it all falls into place as you have so neatly put it!
Thank you for sharing this with us, I really appreciate it, Kersten! :)

Valerie Ipson said...

True words!

Karen said...

I guess some people don't realize that writing does take time, as many people have commented to me (in response to my book): "Oh, I've wanted to write a book too, but I don't have the time."
I always chuckle, as the comment insinuates my life as one of ease and leisure! Ahhhhhh. Little do they know my writing is almost always late at night and the wee hours of the morning. My life is as busy as the next person's!
Now, back to the bon-bon's! LOL.

JoAnn Arnold said...

Yes, late night hours and the wee hours of the morning. I can relate to that.

I can relate to all you wrote, Kersten, because it is the truth, and very well put

Sarah said...

I've done that night/screaming thing too and you're right, it's not the best. I agree that the Lord does open little bits of time here and there. Thank you for the reminder.

Jillayne Clements said...

I've noticed this as well. In fact, days where I do acts of service at the times I would normally write, I've been blessed with not only additional time to write where I didn't expect it, but more productivity in my writing as well.