So, life keeps getting in the way, I'm happily editing along and I have to stop to run the kiddos to an activity. Oh, why oh why, I cry in my head. Things are flowing. It's all coming together and I have to stop for life. Ack. And sure enough I can't get out of the book the entire time I'm driving. It's not that I'm editing, plotting, or writing in my head, it's that I'm stuck in my character's heads. They won't let me be and truthfully I don't want them to let me be. I want them to stay with me as intense as they are.
Do you have days like that? The muse is with you, your characters are living and breathing over your shoulder, and you CAN'T work. Oh, the frustration just climbs as you run you errand, make chit chat with people (some of them are friends), but you aren't really there, your stuck in your book. You race home hoping that they haven't abandoned you and in this case they haven't and you can pick up right where you left off. Whew.
Unfortunately, this doesn't always happen. Just last month I had a day of flow, had to run out for an entire evening, but the time I could get back to them, they had packed up and left. Oh the frustration and agony. Used to be I'd take a long break or wait for the flow to come back, but since getting serious with my writing, nope, I sit my butt in the chair and write anyway, frantically hoping that they will return.
We all have lives outside of our stories. Kids, spouses, possibly jobs, a house that won't clean itself, errands that need to be run. And most of that stuff we do happily when the flow isn't there, but when it is what do you do? The idea of hiring babysitter, or a mommy's helper, crossed my mind as I was driving for keeping the kids entertained, fed, etc. But I've a busy schedule between the two kiddos and those things can't be easily shuffled when the muse decides to pay me a visit. So, what do you do to try to keep life from interfering with the flow?