Ask Tricia: Time to Write

Ask Tricia | Time to Write

I get asked questions all the time. As a wife of twenty-six years, a mom of ten—seven having been adopted, a homeschooler and a writer of over 60 books people want to know how my life works. Here is one of those questions and my short answer. More to come in the coming weeks!

How do you find time to write?

How do you find time to write? I’m a homeschooling mom of four who writes and I mostly feel too exhausted by the time they’re in bed to do anything but binge on Netflix.
That’s a great question! As a homeschooling mom of seven I often feel exhausted. There is always so much to do. I’d be 100% busy if I didn’t write at all. Writing for me comes down to two things: 1. the choice and 2. deadlines. I have deadlines with publishers that I have to meet and I have to make hard choices to meet them. I often wake up early write—like 4 a.m. I also take my computer with me when we have appointments such as speech therapy and occupational therapy, and I write in the waiting rooms. I also hire a babysitter about 8-10 hours a week to watch kids so I can write. Of course that means ignoring the laundry, ignoring the messy house, and ignoring all the things I want to watch on TV. I rarely have time to watch TV. I might watch a show or two a month. Sometimes I’m tired when I sit down to write, but once I get going the ideas excite me and it becomes easier. The hard part is just getting started! I’ve learned over the years to just start.

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  1. Shirley Chapel says:

    Tricia how do you manage to concentrate on your writing in a waiting room. I’m afraid that I would be side tracked by the noises and activities of the busy people around me. You are a very busy and focused person.
    Thanks so much for your giveaway . God bless you and may you reach your dead lines.

  2. What was the hardest obstacle to overcome when writing your first book?

  3. I never wanted to write very much but I know how busy you are with homeschooling. I homeschooled all four kids and the oldest was 19 and in college when the youngest was born. The last 20 years of homeschooling I held down an outside job as well. And my husband got a Masters and was working on a dissertation for a doctorate during that time . Nobody got. Much sleep. Hang in there. You’re doing great!

  4. Barbara Thompson says:

    Tricia, how do you think of what to write in your blog. Your blogs are wonderful and I always enjoy reading it. Thank you!

  5. How do you decide what the subject of your books will be? I enjoy reading your books.

  6. What are your tips for cooking for such a large family?

  7. Martha Troxel says:

    You have good priorities! I love your books,

  8. Pam Flynn says:

    As a fellow writer I am wondering what truly motivates you to find new subjects?

  9. Pam Flynn says:

    As a fellow writer I am wondering what truly motivates you to find new subjects? I love your work.

  10. Debbie Rhoades says:

    Tricia, do you ever miss Montana, and have you been back to visit since y’all moved?

  11. Do you generally map out an outline of the book you write first or do you begin and watch it unfold yourself?

  12. Good advise. I often tend to tell myself to just sit down and write but have a hard time taking it. The book series sounds interesting; it reminds me of the musical. Look forward to what you are writing next. Thanks.

  13. I love that you are an advocate for adoption. We adopted our two daughters each as newborns. What are some of the challenges and blessings of adopting children who are older?

  14. Connie Saunders says:

    I am amazed at all that you accomplish! You are certainly a person to be admired!

  15. I would like to know if your oldest son and his wife share a blog? Such an encouragement in ministry to young families through their writings when they were in Hawaii. Thank you. Kathleen

  16. Do you have an all-time favorite story that you’ve read?

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