MAKING IT HAPPEN: Work how you can, when you can.

Our home is a constant flurry of activity. Four kids have a way of doing that. We’ve got all kinds of stuff, good and not-so-fun: pre-teen angst, four-year-old curiosity, friendly brother rivalry, infant squeals. I love being a parent, but goodness. Finding the time (and the quiet) to write is a challenge.

This weekend I spent a lot of time in my car. Not travelling to our family’s homes for Thanksgiving (although we did do that earlier in the week), but so I could have a place quiet enough to work on some tough scenes in The Darkening.

Sometimes my office (which is also our dining room) is busy with little hands making incredible art. Sometimes my bedroom (or second-office, if you will) is taken up by boys lounging on my bed, watching old Transformer’s cartoons. Sometimes the hearth-room is taken because the Hubster is watching football. Sometimes the only place to get a little peace and quiet is in the car.

And that’s what you do when you’re working on something important. You work around life’s obstacles. You find a way to get what you need, even if the solution is unconventional.

This week I’m working on another really tough scene. Wish me luck. It deals with a situation that I’m not comfortable with, and something that I know very little about. I’m also going to be doing some world-building and myth-making, which is fun, but *phew* it’s a big bite to chew.

Last week you voted to snoop through Merryn’s underwear drawer. We’ll have a peek in there tomorrow.

Big love,



13 thoughts on “MAKING IT HAPPEN: Work how you can, when you can.

  1. Angela Brown says:

    I hear you, and I only have one kiddo, but no hubster to help with the load. Still, you’ve got quite a bit on your plate. Wishing you luck with your tough scene. Research so that you can write the scene with a sense of understanding should help, though it won’t take away some of the discomfort.

  2. TeacherWriter says:

    Been there, done that. When I work in the car, I drive to a parking lot, usually at the bank. (I wonder what Freud would say about that?) Another good place to write it the bathroom. Though not as comfortable as the car. I hope your tough scenes come out all shiny and wonderful. 🙂

  3. Jennifer Jensen (@jenjensen2) says:

    What a great post, Myndi. You’re awesome at making it happen no matter what. For me, what I’m making happen is my last two weeks of college assignments for the semester, which is quite a load, and writing isn’t happening at all. But it will, soon. And then, because I have no little ones here, just big ones who play noisy computer games, I either retreat to my office or to my bedroom where I can shut the door. Hurray for doors, car or otherwise!

    And good luck on your tough scenes.

  4. Jess Witkins says:

    I love that you make it a priority to get your scenes done, even if you write in the car! I use my days off to head to the coffee shop because home distracts me too much. But I’ve also gotten writing done on airplanes or in hotels if I’m traveling. You make it work for you. Too true.

    Good luck on your scenes, Myndi! You’ll do awesome, just let it out! Candace Havens says “Believe in the magic of writing.” I like that.

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