They say if you want to do something, and enjoy doing it, you will make the time to do it. In a recent discussion on Linkedin a contributor complained that as a new author, as yet unpublished, he found that there were not enough hours in the day. Let me here be quite honest; few writers can give up their day job even after getting published, so the hours dedicated to writing have to take precedence over any other leisure activity. The answer is usually family, television and sleep deprivation, a hard call when ones imagination is going through a lean patch. I am fortunate in that I am retired, but even then I have to work part-time in order to fund travel costs to promotional events such as book signings, and even in retirement there are many other calls on ones time.
Time must also be shared with research, marketing, your web page and responses to readers. On this list is also book signings, my favourite activity. There I meet my readers and we talk about the books and what plans I have for my characters. There I get feedback both good and not so good, but both of equal importance to me.
Once your manuscript is completed there is all of the tiresome work associated with it’s publication and that awesome task of galley copy checking in the hope that at last your work goes to print in perfect form.
They say if you want to do something, and enjoy doing it, you will make the time to do it. I really enjoy weaving and writing the plots so making the time is no hardship, though a bit more sleep would be good.