Thursday, March 6, 2014

Making Time to Write

I love to talk to and read about authors and their work and process for writing. In our busy lives, I hear the same thing, "I need to find more time to write." With my busy schedule, there is no time to left to find. I have to make the time. I work full-time, have three children, a husband, and a house to take care of. And oh yeah, I'm a writer with back-to-back deadlines. My hours are literally all filled with tasks. My daily schedule is packed with things to do hour-by-hour and minute-by-minute. I don't have five minutes to myself. I eat lunch in my car while I wait for my kids to get out of school.

As a wife, mom, woman, I want to have it all, but I simply can't do it all. Something's got to give, so I can write the stories swirling in my brain, clamoring to get out on the page. And meet those deadlines. So, how do I make time? Well, I certainly can't neglect my kids or husband. They really get upset when I ignore them. I've found the only way to make time for my writing is to give up my compulsion to be a perfectionist in everything and let things go - until I can get to them later. So my house isn't as clean as I'd like. I just don't invite people over. I'm writing. I don't have time to socialize right now. It's March and the Christmas decorations are still up. My husband took down the tree, but I've still got cards, decorations, and lights that need to come down. Maybe I'm late - quite possibly I'm just early for this year. We'll see. I've still got two more books to write and priorities have to shift. I've missed get-togethers and lunches with friends. They understand, I'm writing.

Is the messy house, the late dinners, the missed outings with friends, the Christmas decoration still out at Easter - because you know I'm not getting to it by then - the late night and all weekend writing sessions worth it? Yes! Because when you find your passion and you make the time to fulfill your dreams it is so much more rewarding than any of those things you let slip. Your family and friends don't care about all those little things you didn't get done, or didn't do perfectly, they just want you to be happy. They love to see your face light up when you say, I have a new series coming out. I can't wait for you to read it.

The Return ofBrody McBride - Book One: The McBrides

The black sheep of Fallbrook is back…and he’s in for the surprise of his life.

Former bad boy, now decorated Army Ranger, Brody McBride is home and on a mission: Find the woman he never should have left behind, and right the wrong he did eight years ago.

When the man she loved broke her heart and skipped town, Rain Evans picked up the pieces. But along with heartbreak, Brody left her something infinitely better than she imagined: two beautiful daughters. One she gave birth to, and the other she rescued from the woman who helped destroy her relationship with Brody.

Brody is shocked to discover he’s a father, and he’s more determined than ever to win back Rain and protect his girls. Can they rekindle the love they once shared and become the family they were always meant to be? Or will a danger from their past return and ruin everything?

Buy Links:
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Author Bio:
Jennifer Ryan, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Hunted Series, writes romantic suspense and contemporary small-town romances.

Jennifer lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and three children. When she isn’t writing a book, she’s reading one. Her obsession with both is often revealed in the state of her home, and how late dinner is to the table. When she finally leaves those fictional worlds, you’ll find her in the garden, playing in the dirt and daydreaming about people who live only in her head, until she puts them on paper.

Please visit her website at for information about upcoming releases.

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Twitter: @JenRyan_author


  1. ooooh sounds great!!! Heading to amazon to put it on my wishlist! ;)

  2. Making the time to write is definitely a challenge. I wrote much of my upcoming book in the front seat of my car waiting for my kids baseball practice. I am amazed at how much I can get done in 15 minutes between dropping my kids off at school and waiting for my shift to start at the school I work at. Even when I'm not at the computer, I'm always writing, even if it is only thinking about a sticky plot point or trying to figure out what comes between the middle and the end.

    Your book sounds like a good one.

  3. Hi Jennifer Avon Sister!
    I agree that it's always so fun-and educational!-to read about other writers' processes. I'd like to add that even those of us who don't have an outside job anymore and whose kids are grown still have trouble organizing writing time. And some of us have learned over several decades how to waste more time than we should. Just know you're an inspiration and your talent and success is very well-earned. Congrats on the new book. I'm so happy for all your accomplishments!


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