Life as a Writer – Author Support Blog Hop

Author Blog Hop

Author Blog Hop

Thanks to Sharon Bayliss for hosting this author support blog hop.

WHAT do you do? Give us a summary of your crazy life and all your responsibilities

HOW do you do it? How do you manage to find time to write? What tips can you share?

  • I use a planner and calendar to keep track of activities and events for the whole family.
  • On weekday mornings I get up at 5:10 to have a quiet time where I read my Bible, pray, figure out priorities for the day, and write for a half hour.
  • When I have a project, I break it down into smaller steps and set daily goals for myself. I try to leave extra time so that if something unexpected comes up I’m still able to meet deadlines.
  • My children are all in school now, so I write while they are away.
  • My 16-year-old daughter enjoys helping me by looking after her siblings when I need extra time to write.
  • I’ve learned to say “no” to things that don’t fit in with my goals.

WHY do you do it? Other than just sheer insanity, what keeps you going? Why have you chosen the life of an over-stressed author? What keeps you motivated during dark days?

  • I write because I believe God has given me the ability and responsibility to write.
  • I primarily write for an audience of One. If I write to the best of my ability for the glory of God, that’s really all that matters.
  • When I write, I’m happy.
  • Other people enjoy my writing.

QUESTIONS and PLEAS for help. Other authors will be reading your post, so if you have questions or want advice, you can ask. Also, if there is anything you need, or anything you can do to help others, mention that here as well.

  • How do you help others understand the importance of treating writing as a profession?
  • I’m working on Twitter Tips & Tricks for Writers. If you’d be interested in receiving a copy in exchange for an honest critique, please email me.

Is there anything else you’d like to know about my life as a writer?


  1. Tracy Krauss on June 18, 2014 at 10:45 am

    I enjoyed this peek into your day to day

  2. Ruth L. Snyder on June 18, 2014 at 10:59 am

    Thanks, Tracy 🙂

  3. lorettabouillon on June 23, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    This is helpful to me! I am definately finding it challenging to find scheduled time to write. Life is so busy managing my family’s busy schedule! I cannot EVER imagine rising at 5:10! I admire anyone who does that…I am SO not a morning person…..probably part of the problem!

    • Ruth L. Snyder on June 23, 2014 at 1:55 pm

      I’m glad you found the post helpful. If you’re not a morning person, perhaps writing at night will work for you. I have one friend who says 2:00 a.m. is her best writing time – just before she goes to bed! We’re all different and need to figure out what works best for us and our families.
      Best wishes in your writing journey 🙂

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