Slipping Writing In {When Life Gets Busy}

It’s 5:43 a.m. and I’m sitting at my desk with a mug of strong French Press coffee in my left hand. This morning I’ve gotten ready for the day, collected books for a co-worker from my rainbow shelves that still leave me confused, started a load of laundry, packed my lunch, and am nearly ready to head out the door for work.

I’d like to think that my blogging this early in the morning before work speaks of dedication and careful planning… Of going to bed early the night before so I can get up at an appropriate time to blog and still be fresh and chipper for the rest of the day. Yet in reality, I have time for blogging simply because I woke up early and therefore was able to snatch a few minutes.

And that’s what my writing life is like sometimes.


Instead of the carefully planned days forming perfectly scheduled times where I write during my most productive hours and churn out quality work that will impress the masses… Well, sometimes it’s catching a moment here in there. Sometimes it’s stationing the laptop next to the stove so I can stir the soup at the same time I throw my characters into metaphorical hot water. (It’s actually a pretty epic way to live when you stop to ponder it.)


As it turns out, I still do try and schedule writing into my days. I have daily lists and weekly goals and valiant efforts. And sometimes they work out well. I feel like a rather successful little writer as I sit enthroned upon my chair and stay focused for long periods of time. These are the times that I’m probably the most productive in my writingish world.

But I’m not letting lack of focused time be my excuse. World crafting isn’t something that’s supposed to be easy. Becoming an author isn’t for the faint of heart. Discipline, slipping writing work between other work, and staying dedicated are all things that are par for the course when you sign up to be an author.

So that’s why I’m here, coffee cup nearly drained and my mind already racing ahead about how many steps I need to take (literally and figuratively) before I can be out the door and in my car on my way to work.

Setting: My office desk
Listening to: The wind singing
Random Fact: WordPress randomly changed their Publish button from blue to fuschia
Question of the Day: Are you a morning bird or night owl?  

10 thoughts on “Slipping Writing In {When Life Gets Busy}

  1. Kaitlyn S. says:

    I loved that random fact! I logged into my WordPress yesterday morning and realized the orange components were a wierd fuschia/purple/pink, and wondered if it was just me seeing things. I’ve been fighting a cold, and I wasn’t thinking all that straight =) And all the blues are a different shade. I’m not so sure I actually like the change, but whatever 😀

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    • Lydia Howe says:

      Haha, I’m not sure what’s up with WordPress, but apparently, they’ve decided to switch things up. 🙂 It was a bit surprising to see that bright color sitting there on my computer. And ugh, I hope you get over your cold really soon!

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  2. Keturah Lamb says:

    I’m a morning person, but lately I’ve had so much going on in all of my evenings it’s been hard to get up early. But still keeping up with my daily writing quotas! Your writing status is so fun ;d

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    • Lydia Howe says:

      Good job keeping up with your writing! There are totally seasons of life that are more conducive to writing, and I think it’s important to figure out how to fit it all in.

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  3. Emily says:

    I can be both a morning person, and a night owl (which is weird and confusing), but I would probably lean toward morning person. Which one are you, Lydia? I’m going to guess you are a morning bird.

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    • Lydia Howe says:

      Haha, I’m totally the same way with being both a morning person and a night one. I enjoy early mornings a lot, but late nights are pretty much the best. I’m just not an afternoon person – those are the hardest for me. 🙂


  4. Leona says:

    Yes, I noticed that WordPress changed the color scheme… but my publish button is still blue. 😛 It’s a little weird that most of it is blue and white but on the stats it’s purple or something… I wonder if they are going to change it. 😛
    Anyway, grabbing moments to write is actually practical! Depending on the season and other things in life, sometimes it’s hard to find a long period of time to write. 🙂

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    • Lydia Howe says:

      Haha, that is strange. I wonder if they’re changing them over little by little? I would have thought everyone’s would change at once. Maybe they do it according to which package you have from WordPress?

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