“I used to be fairly methodical, get up, go straight to my desk and try to get in a few hours of work before breakfast. The rest of the day I might have spent on revisions, transcribing or related correspondence. I write all my drafts longhand.
After my daughter was born, all that changed. Now I get up with her and our day begins together. My work lives and dies by the babysitter, who comes daily, Monday through Friday. At first I was afraid I wouldn’t have time to raise a child and conduct a writing life, but I find that all it takes is adaptation, perseverance, and babysitters.”
Now, you may be thinking, “Yes, and the money to hire a baby-sitter to show up daily.”
However, there are other ways to do it. For instance, you may be able to barter baby-sitting with another parent who wants time to pursue their passion.
Or if you have a spare room you might be able to swap room and board for the babysitting services of a student.
Or you may have valuable skills you can employ on a free-lance basis via web services like HireMyMom.com or elance.com.
Good luck and if you have any other suggestions for how to have a writing practice and kids at the same time, feel free to share them in the comments.(If you want some great ideas for using your time more productively, you'll find them in my book, "Focus: Use the power of targeted thinking to get more done." It's published by Pearson and you can get it from Amazon or your other favorite bookseller.)