From 8:00 am until around 10:30 am, Saturday, Sunday, and Wednesdays, you can find me curled up with my laptop somewhere in the house. I usually start out on the couch while the girls are watching their morning cartoons. Hubby sleeps till around 10 am since he gets home from work so late the night before. When the kids have stopped asking for more to eat, or for me to change the channel, or set up ‘Barbie Fashion Design’ on the computer- and are all three completely absorbed in one of the three activities, I sneak off into my daughter’s room and start typing from the bottom bunk bed (as close as I get to a private office around here).
It’s calm and quiet for awhile. Until all three children burst in, complaining of boredom. When they start spinning cartwheels and taking out the toys, I then sneak back out into the living room and finish up from the couch.
At 10 am, I make a mad dash to put dishes in the sink, clean the table, pick up any child destruction in the living room, and take a shower. The last thing I need is my wonderful husband making some wise crack about me doing nothing but sitting on the computer all morning (which is exactly what I’ve been doing).
The afternoon holds more of the same. I put the girls down for a nap. Get some blogging out of the way and then return to my wip. But between the blogging and the kids announcing they have to pee or that they aren’t sleepy, and then the two oldest swearing up and down that if I let them relax in my room with the television on low, they’ll behave- but end up back in the living room fifteen minutes later because “She hit me!”, well, lets just say the afternoon is NOT a very productive time for my wip and I. I might get a little bit done at night but it depends on the kind of day I’ve had (and how much wine I needed to ‘relax’).
What about you? When is your most productive ‘writing time’? Does it just kind of fall in naturally or do you have to actually block off time for it?