#IWSG – Finding Time to Write


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The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group Day, and for the last few months the group have revved up IWSG Day to make it more fun and interactive!

Every month, they’ll announce a question that members can answer in the IWSG Day post. These questions may prompt us to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story.

So on to the September 7th QUESTION:


How do you find the time to write in your busy day?

A very appropriate question during this hectic period when we leave for the US in 12 days. In fact, at this point the answer has to be that “I don’t cope and struggle to find any time”. All the free time is going on sorting things out for the mammoth move from Harlech, North Wales to Boise, Idaho. Our desktops get packed away on September 15th into a shipping container, along with most of our possessions. Expected transit time is 6-8 weeks including customs clearance, so we won’t see those goods until sometime in November.

We leave September 20th on the Queen Mary 2, which sails into New York on September 27th. From there it will be a 2,500-mile cross-country road trip to our new home in Boise. Plus side is that my wife’s kids are all in Boise, ten minutes from our house. And the change from wet Wales to the high desert of the Treasure Valley will be a real health boost.

At the moment, my aching body is suffering with the multiple sclerosis MonSter or MaelStrom, and I struggle to sleep each night or relax during the day. So writing has become a forgotten art.

Maybe when the normal busy days return, then I can attempt to squeeze a few hours in every evening as I used to do. No specific word target, just a few hours to let my creative brain loose on the keyboard. And if I sleep well, then I can wake inspired and scribble some thoughts in a notebook.

Or am I just fantasising that such days will ever return?



The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group Day. We post our thoughts on our own blogs. We talk about our doubts and the fears we have conquered. We discuss our struggles and triumphs. We offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling.

Please visit others in the group and connect with my fellow writers.

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

Our Twitter hashtag is #IWSG

And be sure to check out our Facebook group –https://www.facebook.com/groups/IWSG13/

Our revved up IWSG Day question may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say.

The awesome co-hosts for this September 7th posting of the IWSG are C. Lee McKenzie,Rachel Pattison, Elizabeth Seckman, Stephanie Faris, Lori L MacLaughlin, and Elsie Amata!



19 thoughts on “ #IWSG – Finding Time to Write

  1. I recently moved as well. I was just moving to the neighboring county, not across an ocean, but still… something about the experience of being uprooted from the neighborhood I was familiar with and dropped off someplace new… that sort of opened the creative floodgates. Hopefully you’re experience will be similar.

    Also, Idaho is a beautiful state. I was only there for a few days, but it really left an impression on me.


  2. Best of luck on the move! I’m in Salt Lake City and have been to Boise many times. It is a fantastic city (as I’m sure you know). It is hard to beat the high desert for beauty, though it can feel very open and sparse at times.


  3. Hello from another Roland. Traveling to the States on the QM2 is better than writing … it is research for future writing. Farmers let their overworked ground lie fallow for a season. If dirt needs a rest, how much more so our minds, right?


  4. Roland, I too suffer from Movement Disorder, essential tremor, which I inherited from my mom. I play the viola professionally, so, it’s a struggle just to keep that in shape, much less write. I’ve several friends in Movement Disorder groups that I’ve alerted here in the States who await your coming! Welcome and we’ll soldier on together. Good luck on the move. Idaho is some of prettiest real estate in the United States and just ignore our politicians. They’re all crazy! 🙂


  5. I think that a move like that gives you a pass on trying to write every day! That’s huge. Hope the climate works for you, too. The pay-off for the time lost to the move may be large.


  6. I’m coming in late, but man, it does sound like your life is busy! Less than a week and you’ll be setting sail for my territory. Good thing the fires have all died out and the smoke has cleared. It’s also cooler now. Hopefully the weather stays nice for your arrival!


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