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Finding Time to Write is Never Easy…by 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

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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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