That my friends is a question for the ages. My best answer to that is WHENEVER YOU CAN!
The first 5 years of my writing, I was a stay-at-home mom. I wrote in between naps, dr. appointments, and the usual chores and running around everyone has. It was a juggling act. But when I found myself with 5 or 10 minutes of free time- I WROTE! And if I got to squeeze in 30 – WOW!
Once all my boys were in school I was in uncharted territory for me. I learned to put the extra time into writing and research. I looked up publishing houses and thoroughly checked out their catalogs. I went to the library and got my hands on magazines. I found some topics that I wanted to write on and explored them too. I still had to learn some tricks though.
I work part time now. So I get some of my writing done in the morning, after hubby is off to work and the kids aren’t up yet. Then I might write some more while I’m waiting for the older twos’ practice to be over. And sometimes I’ll go back to whatever at night, when the kids are in bed.
That’s the trick! WRITE WHEN YOU CAN. No, I don’t write everyday. There are times when I don’t write anything for a week. Don’t sweat it though. There are writers that have to write everyday. Find out what works best for you and stick to it. That’s part of what being a writer is all about. If you want it bad enough, you’ll get it.
Here’s to finding the time for you and me and our writing.