How do you find the time to write?

A very good question, which I thought I’d approach in the ice-cold, logical manner I’m known for 🙂

The week is made up of 168 hours (24 x 7).  Already, that doesn’t sound a lot!  Of that…..

  • 56 hours is dedicated to sleep – I’m an 8 hours a night kind of girl!
  • 50 hours is dedicated to childcare of my 3 year old, when he isn’t at nursery.  Of course, this situation will improve (I hope!) when he goes to school more regularly.
  • 20 hours is spent at my part-time job, trying to earn some pennies whilst giving off an air of competence, which I don’t believe fools anybody.
  • 7 hours goes towards walking my dog – 1 hour per day.
  • Let’s put 3 hours a day (24 hours) into a “family time” bucket.  That includes eating breakfast, lunch and dinner with my family, spending some relaxing time together and sex…although I have to say, eating time far outweighs time spent on sex 😉

Grand total = 157 hours

Hmmm, okay, that leaves 11 hours and I haven’t even thought about things like showering, housework, gardening, shopping, filling the car up with petrol, and all the other boring jobs that life demands of us.

And yet often, the desire to write burns so brightly in me, that I often find myself chiselling time away from other activities.  Do I really need 8 hours of sleep?  Every night?  And surely the house isn’t THAT dirty, that it couldn’t wait a couple more days to be cleaned…

When I do actually get around to writing, procrastination is a huge destroyer of available time.  I’ll answer my emails, then check Facebook, then check my Amazon feedback, then check Facebook again and get into a conversation with multiple people about multiple very random subjects.  It is honestly a wonder I ever write anything at all!  And yet, last January, I came up with the original idea of ‘Perfect Stranger, Strangely Perfect’, wrote it, edited and published it.  All within 31 days.  Furthermore, it is one of my most popular books, gaining almost exclusively positive feedback:

Perfect Stranger

I’ve since turned other books around in similarly short timescales.  So maybe working under pressure is the answer?  Plus, banning myself from Facebook might not be a bad thing…


Fenella Ashworth

Fenella Ashworth is a British author of contemporary erotic fiction.  All of her stories are available from Amazon and free for those with Kindle Unlimited access.  Her best known novels are ‘To Love, Honour and Oh Pay’ and the Daniel Lawson series.
Fenella also releases stories on BooksieSilk, Booksie, Lush Stories and Literotica, and is often visible in the Literotica ‘Erotic Couplings’ Hall of Fame (Top Rated).
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