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Finding Time to Write is Never Easy…by Anita Evensen

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busy womans guide novel

Anita Evensen

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There are a lot of books about how to write. In fact, it seems that many authors want to teach aspiring authors how to replicate the craft. And while I think obeying rules of spelling and grammar is important, there is more to writing than following someone else’s advice. Ultimately, I think the biggest hurdle for writers is finding the time to write. At least that’s true for me.

I am the mother of 4 beautiful children, the youngest of which is less than 1 ½ years old. The others are 3, 7, and 10 respectively. All four of them stay home with us because we homeschool. My husband also works from home as a web developer. In addition to spending time with my kids, I also write freelance articles for a living.

It wasn’t always this way. While I have short stories in my closet that I wrote as a teenager, I didn’t rediscover writing until a few years ago. Even when I wasn’t writing stories, I always wrote lengthy letters and emails to friends and family. But I didn’t really understand that writing is my calling until I made the unorthodox decision to give birth to my third child at home.

AnitaEvensenGiving birth at home without a medical professional isn’t a popular thing to do in 1st world countries. Nevertheless, there is a growing trend of women who just can’t have the peaceful birth experience they want in a hospital. Planning an unassisted birth led me to write down the how’s and why’s of unassisted childbirth which turned into a book.

There are other books about unassisted childbirth (not many but a few), but none of them really tell mothers-to-be what they need to know. For example, how do you tie off the umbilical cord? How do you perform a newborn exam? How do you do your own prenatal care? My book exists to fill that void.

At the same time as I was working on the nonfiction book, I had an inspiration to write a romance novel. The novel will never be my claim to fame, but being able to finish it was a big step for me. I published it under my maiden name and called it “Love Remembered”.

love rememberedI have worked as a freelancer writing articles for almost 3 years now. Having editors review my work helped me polish my writing, and it gave me the confidence I needed to set out on my own. In 2015, I’ve published a second edition of my unassisted childbirth book, and I wrote “The Busy Woman’s Guide to Writing and Finishing a Novel”.

Of course I’m not the only person in the world leading a busy life. But I think I know how much energy and effort it takes to do what’s important to you. Fortunately for me, I don’t have to force myself to write. I want to do it whenever I get the chance. But that doesn’t mean I don’t benefit from setting goals and following some of the other strategies outlined in the book for myself.

“The Busy Woman’s Guide to Writing and Finishing a Novel” is just what it claims to be. It includes real advice that can be put into action. While anyone can use the advice in the book, it is geared a little more towards women. It covers all the things that take up a lot of your time, such as housework and tending to the children.

Now that I have published 3 books, I’m unstoppable. I already have plans for 3 other books, one fiction and 2 nonfiction books. I also hope that as my kids get older, I will have more time to write. But then again, they’re the reason I discovered how much joy writing brings me. They also provide me with plenty of inspiration.

So why should you read my newest book?

  • You can learn how to reduce the time you spend doing household chores
  • You can find the time to write even with a baby or preschooler at home
  • You can get that novel written despite of your busy job
  • Learn and apply any of the 24 strategies to keep writing
  • Follow the one tip that will change your life

Here is a link to the book on Amazon.

(c) Anita Evensen

About the author

Anita Evensen is an author, freelance writer, and homeschooling mother of 4. She lives in Seguin, Texas. Writing is her passion. Anita is also the co-founder of the online novel writing program Novelize.
Between being a mother, freelance writing, homeschooling, and enjoying life, Anita always manages to find time to write. In her most recent book, she helps others do the same.

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