Becoming a writer means being creative enough to find the time and the place in your life for writing. ~Heather Sellers

I love my family.

Yes, that’s a ‘but’ sentence lead-in.

I love my family but there are times when writing around them is an impossibility. I homeschool the kids, so they’re home all day. My husband works from home most days, so he’s underfoot as well.

Then there’s the dog, who’s a whiner AND a barker. She barks at leaves falling, squirrels in the yard, people walking at the other end of the street and often, nothing at all. And when she’s not barking she’s whining.

In fact the only ones who don’t interrupt my train of thought on a constant basis is the cats. Since I’ve been writing I appreciate them so much more.

So when do I find time to write? Lately, I haven’t. The days are filled with the hustle and bustle of daily life and my husband feels the evenings should be spent in activities with him. Lately it’s been playing Star Wars Galaxies.

I’ve tried using headphones and listening to music while writing but I tend to want to sing along and that’s not pretty. The kids enjoy laughing at me, though.

What I need is an old-fashioned writer’s garret where I can lock myself away from everyone. Anyone got one handy?

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