Finding time to write has required a new strategy, too.
Many people ask me how I do it, and how I've done it. How do you start and finish writing projects and have a full-time job, and have a new baby?
The short answer is, I write in the margins.
I've always loved taking notes. A fresh notebook full of possibilities. My very first notebook was bright pink with blue lined pages and a thick, silver spine. It served as my personal journal for a time, and the place I recorded silly songs and poems I made up on our family vacations. I still have it, actually, buried in a box in storage.
In college I had a notebook for every class, to keep my notes organized.
Today I have a hardback moleskine where I write one sentence a day in an effort to streamline my journaling efforts, and a lovely baby book I discovered, that will last until Henry turns 18.
I also take copious digital notes. The first draft of this post, in fact, was typed in the middle of the night on my cell phone.
You see, I wasn't sitting at my desk with a cup of tea, or outside on a bench in the lovely warm weather. I was awake at four in the morning, pumping milk for my newborn son. This is writing in real life, and sometimes it's the only way to get things done.
Writing in the margins is about taking advantage of small windows of time we have every day and getting some words down, even if they're not very good ones.
So when someone asks me how I do it, I tell them a little adds up to a whole lot. And I tell them, above all else, that they must keep writing, even if it means finding new ways to do so.