Several friends have recently asked me about my process. How do I write and work on films while also keeping up with our house, grocery shopping, doing laundry, caring for pets, and having a husband and elementary age son? In short: it's a juggling act.
I've learned what my personal and work priorities are and make sure I make time for those in addition to all of the responsibilities that come with being a wife and involved mother. On a typical weekday, I get my son, Alex, to school, then I head to the gym. I workout for an hour. Then, I go home, shower, have lunch, and by noon I'm writing (or working on any film business that's come up.) I generally write from 12pm - 2:30pm. Then, I take a break to grab a little snack and then go and pick-up my son. (Note: I always take my laptop or a manuscript with me.) If Alex wants to stay after school to play for awhile, then I'll let him play and sit on the playground or in the gymnasium with my laptop and will keep working.
When we get home, it's time to feed the family, feed the pets, make Alex's lunch for the next day, help with homework, etc. When Alex is in the shower, I'll try to move the laundry on to its next stage. Then, after he's in bed, my husband watches TV and I go back to work. If it's during a semester, I grade papers at night or work on a critique for a writing partner. If I don't have a class or a manuscript to critique, then I may work on one of my manuscripts for an hour or so. Sometimes, I'll go to the grocery store at night if I haven't had time during the day (but I usually do a grocery run on Fridays when I feel I've put in a good week of work in terms of writing). I try to give myself one night a week that I don't work at night so I can just watch a show, but it's very difficult for me not to be working on something.
I do my best to be in bed an hour before I plan to go to sleep. This gives me time to unwind and time to read. I read mostly middle grade and young adult fantasy and horror; however, I sometimes venture into other genres, but not frequently.
I usually fall asleep around 11pm, then I'm up at 6:30am the next morning to start again. I do sleep in on the weekends and I almost always take off Saturday or Sunday completely so I can start the new work week feeling ready to go.
Things definitely change in the summer. . . there's not quite as much time to write, but I always manage to make a way to get things done. Even if I'm at the park or the pool with my laptop.