Today, both of my girls took an unexpected morning nap. This was a beautiful gift of time that could have been used to knock out another 1k on my current WIP. Instead I took a shower and cleaned the kitchen. Part of me is kicking myself for not putting that time toward my book, but another part of me is glad I didn't.
I think sometimes as writing parents we can get caught up in the idea of squeezing every spare minute toward our writing. And we forget that it can be just as good to let the shower muse kick in or ruminate about a troubling scene over a sink of sudsy water.
So what about you? Do you give yourself permission to "waste time" in order to recharge?
I agree - I think it's important sometimes to just let yourself think while folding laundry or -- and this is crazy -- going for a walk around the neighborhood. I usually get up early on Saturday mornings to get in a couple of uninterrupted hours of writing time and the couple of weeks I've been sleeping in (until 7 am - ha, that's sleeping in?!)
Maybe it's my body's way of telling me to slow down and - like you say - recharge? Could be.
Crystal, I was the same way with my son! Now I don't have that time, and it seems all the harder to get into the zone.
My kids are at camp this week, and although I have six hours to myself - I find I can only ultimately spend an hour or two writing. I am so distracted, but then berate myself at the end of the day when I only have 1500 words finished. I'm like "this is the ONLY time this summer you have to write!"
I kind of luck out in this area. Since I work fulltime, I spend my lunch hour (almost every day) working on my current WIP. That way when I get home, I know I can relax and hang out with my family and not worry about putting in that time. I'm a pretty fast writer so an hour a day I can do about 1600 words--IDK is that fast or avg? Either way I can get a guranteed 8000 words a week--give or take a few with edits and research.
Then on the weekends I write outside when my son is playing or while he watches cartoons.