I have a wife and three kids, three jobs, one cat, a needy dog, and life that I love. I balance everything extremely carefully. I don't generally have hobbies. I haven't touched a video game in a year and a half. I like going to movies but seldom have time and end up watching them later, on my tablet, over the course of three days, in five different parts. I read as much as I can, mostly on the toilet (you all do it, don't act like you don't). But when do I write? Whenever I can. Mostly late at night after the kids are in bed, their lunches are made, I've read with my 5 year old, helped the other two with their homework, hung out with my wife until she falls asleep, and then I bust open the laptop and add however many words I can.
Is it ideal?
The alternative option is to give up sleeping (I sleep 6 hours a night on average). Here are ways you can do this:
- Caffeine! Sure it's probably killing all of us but look how alert it makes us!
- Become a vampire. Don't get excited, it's not as cool as it used to be. Now they're all sparkly and shit.
- Become a Time Lord. Sadly, trying to use a blue port-a-potty as a TARDIS is completely ineffective as a time travel device.
- Or you can just quit writing all together?