Whether you’re the parent or the kid, the start of a school year signals a major change in your routine. If you’ve been trying to find time to write your memoir, don’t let this opportunity pass! Now is the time to shape your daily schedule for the next nine months. If you let the first few weeks go by as you “catch up??? from the summer, it will be more difficult to set aside writing time.
Are you home during the day? If you know that you work best at a certain time of day, accommodate yourself! Set aside 9-11am or 1-3pm twice a week to work on your memoir. If you have “writer’s block,??? work on tasks that will help you once the writing starts to flow. For example, make a list and notes of your childhood friends or do some internet research on your hometown and what it was like when you were growing up.
If you go to work, a great way to model discipline for the kids is to set nightly and/or weekend study hours. Perhaps from 4-6pm every Sunday or 7:30-8:30pm Monday through Thursday—or both—your home turns into a sort of library, with the entire family either doing homework, reading or writing. You’ll still find time to do laundry and run errands, I promise. Your memoir is important to you and, with a little attention to it, by the time this school year ends you could be finished!