I have problems finding free time. When the 2-yr-old is left to his own devices, sometimes my writing time concludes and the tornado cleanup begins. I do try to take 15-20 minutes daily on 750words.com. I have been thinking about joining NaNoWriMo, but 750 words is often a challenge. I have no idea how I'd accomplish writing 1,600+ a day, and make it into a mildly coherent story. I would need 2 months instead of one. And I also have the temptation at night to read instead of write (I guess that is my way to "veg").
My oldest daughter has signed up for the Youth NaNoWriMo, with her goal being set at 2,000 words by the end of the month. I printed out the elementary workbook from the site for her to start filling out until Monday. We aren't using this as part of her curriculum, but she is looking forward to it, and she can choose to replace her journaling time with it if she wants until the end of November. I give daily writing prompts for her journal.
I think homeschooling moms share a special challenge. There is the "job requirement" that we are with our kids all day, educating them, still be Mom/home manager/cook when our husbands get home, and feeling guilty because we have been home all day, and Dad has been working outside the home. "Personal" creative time seems to be a selfish request. The aspect of living on one income also makes us feel like we're swimming upstream. Not a lot of time or money is left for conferences or workshops. I am thankful for what I can glean from sites like this.
It's so nice to meet someone who is facing some of the same challenges. I hope we can be a great encouragement to each other.
Jennifer, I just opened the door to the novelist group for you - welcome! You might introduce yourself by telling us what you’re working on in the “Show Me Your Novel and I’ll Show You Mine” discussion if you're not too uncomfortable talking about what you're working on. I’ll look forward to chatting with you!