Friday Fun is a group post from the writers of the NHWN blog. Each week, we’ll pose and answer a different, get-to-know-us question. We hope you’ll join in by providing your answer in the comments.
QUESTION: What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Wendy Thomas: Hands down it’s finding the time to write. Just when I had thought I was getting into a clear routine with my writing, I now find that my writing day ends at 2:30 when I start picking up kids from school, taking kids to places, and getting dinner on the table. Sometimes I get an hour or two at night to work on pieces that have deadlines, but to be honest, it’s horribly frustrating. I’m at a point in my life where I could easily write for days on end, (in fact, I’m even starting to make preliminary plans to build a small writer’s cabin) but instead I am finding myself back to grabbing an hour here and hour there in between the family’s needs.
I had thought I was past this part of my life, but such is the life of a writer who also happens to be a parent.
Julie Hennrikus: Time is an issue, but that isn’t my only issue. I struggle with the slog of getting through the first draft of a novel. When it works, it is great. But a lot of the time it is just painful. Pulling words out of you, getting them into the computer, and not getting obsessed with fixing them yet, until the draft is done. It is a long, slow process. And since I need to find time to write, I tend to do it in spurts. Long, painful spurts.