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Duty, a novel of Rhynan by Rachel Rossano Guest Post Blog Tour Stop
How Do You Find the Time to Write?
By Rachel Rossano
I am the mother of three small children–a five-year-old and
twin two-year-olds. I get asked this question a lot. “How do you find the time
My usual responses get strange looks.
“It keeps me sane.”
No I am not a mean mother. I just find it helps my mental
state to spend a few hours a week in a world of my own creation where the
characters do what I tell them, generally. This is particularly crucial on bad
days. Don’t look at me strangely, please. You do it yourself every time you
watch your favorite program on TV or read a book. I am just a bit more of a
control freak than most.
“It is my only hobby.”
Strange, but true. In order to write, I gave up all of my
crafting activities, most of my reading time, and all of my other hobbies. Oh,
and no TV or movies unless between projects or special occasions like extreme
exhaustion and research. I allow myself movies and such if they are for
research. I have to work hard at all of
my other tasks and responsibilities, and prioritize my life in order to fit
writing in, but I somehow do. And I don’t regret it.
“I have a wonderfully
I can just see the image that jumps to people’s minds with
this one. My hubby juggling two children, making dinner, and begging me to stop
writing long enough to help our oldest with his schoolwork is probably a
popular one. Yeah, that isn’t reality. The worst he has to do is put the oldest
to bed one night or so a week so. While he does that, I enjoy an hour or two of
uninterrupted time to sit in a local fast food place with my laptop and no internet
connection. He is a super supportive husband. He reads all of my work before it
is published. He is one of my toughest critics, in a good way. And, he inspires
me to write truly great heroes without a qualm. Great men exist. I am married
“I use naptimes and the time after they go to bed to write.”
Completely true, though it isn’t always easy to accomplish.
My five-year-old has recently given up naps. I think I am having a harder time
adjusting to the change than him. Imagine trying to explain to a young lad who
loves to talk loudly that he has to be quiet for an hour and a half. “No, I
don’t want to talk about superheroes. I love you, son, but please go sit over
there and read a book. Mommy needs quiet for a bit.”
Lest you think I am not spending time with my son, I should
explain. I spend every weekday morning from right after breakfast to lunchtime
teaching him. Every afternoon and evening, I am playing with, talking to, and
teaching all three of my children. I love every minute I spend with them. But
for an introvert like myself, quiet during naptime is the breather that gets me
through the rest of the day.
Someone once said to me, “If it is important to you, you
will make time to finish it.” She spoke of a sewing project I hadn’t finished.
But I took her point to heart.
So, how do I manage to write? I make it a priority in my
life to find time to write just like I make time for the other things I love.
My God, my family, and many other things fill my life to overflowing. I count
my blessings every day and one of them is that I can continue to write.
What do you do to cope with stress?
struggles to keep her village from starvation. The men rode off to war and
never returned. The remaining women and children face a winter of starvation if
they do not find a solution soon.
the newly made Earl of Irvaine and the village of Wisenvale, owes his good
fortune to his king. When that same king demands Tomas marry the impoverished
daughter of the late Lord Wisten, he obeys. However, no one warned him that she
wasn’t a typical noblewoman.
Duty: a novel of
Rhynan follows their journey from strangers to friends as they face
complications from their pasts and the shaky politics of a changing regime.
Then Brielle is implicated in her cousin’s treasonous activities. Can a
marriage of duty survive treason?
Author of a growing stack of novels, novellas, and short
stories, Rachel Rossano balances her time between the chaos of raising and
homeschooling her three children and the world of drama and high adventure in
her head. With her faithful husband and chief consulting editor by her side,
she dreams of many more adventures to come in both of her double lives. Check
out her work at http://Rachel-rossano.blogspot.com