Do you remember watching Seinfeld? Classic show. How about the episode about the Summer of George? I'm asking because I feel like this summer has been the Summer of Brooke--where I'm in a fog of unmotivated laziness and the juice of it drips down my chin. I feel like George. Now of course I'm not actually lazy. I'm raising four daughters and there is no time for actual laziness. (Laziness is a luxury I can't afford.) But I'm exhausted at night, my only time to write, and I crash out on my pillow instead of emptying my head of story ideas and scenes.
I want to write. I need to write. It fills a part of me that no kid kisses or husband dates can, but lately I haven't been able to shake the summer and stay awake to feed my passion. I used to find time to write by staying up till the wee crack of dawn. But it hasn't worked this summer. For some reason I need sleep so my writing time has become precious and sporadic. This isn't good enough. I need ideas.
I don't have a top five today. Or even a one. I need your advice. I need you to finish this sentence:
I find time to write by . . .
I know everyone is balancing some part of their life or sacrificing it to write. So how? Do you create a routine? Or do you fill in the cracks of your life with words on a page? How do you stay awake and shake the summer?