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Amanda Rawson Hill Hi Maria! I think it's really important for me to acknowledge my privilege in certain things with this. I have a house cleaner come every two weeks,…moreHi Maria! I think it's really important for me to acknowledge my privilege in certain things with this. I have a house cleaner come every two weeks, and that makes a big difference for me. I also have a good network of friends (like Jo) who help watch the kids when I'm under deadline. But most of the time, the balance is found in only doing a little bit of writing every day.
I think most people imagine authors writing and editing their books for several hours every day, and that's just not possible for me (and for many, many authors I know.) So I have a time set aside each day, when I work. And it's from about 8-9:30 pm Monday-Saturday. That's right after I've sent the kids to bed. I sit and write and then afterward go out and read or watch Netflix with my spouse.
Writing and revising for 60-90 minutes/day (and sometimes it's only 30-45 minutes) might not seem like much. But it's always enough time for me to draft around 1000 words or revise about 10-15 pages. And over time, that adds up. And I have a book. It's slower than some people. I definitely only put out about one novel a year. But that's okay with me. And when I'm under a tight deadline, I don't feel guilty about calling in a babysitter, or taking 3-5 hours a day to work, because most of the time, I feel like I keep it very balanced.
So, I guess the answer in condensed form is to find a time to do a little bit of work. Talk to your spouse and your kids about why it's important to let you have that time. And then keep it! And watch that little bit of daily work add up to a lot in the end! And then when you have to be "out of balance" for a little while, don't feel guilty. It won't last forever.(less)
Amanda Rawson Hill Hi Annie! Sorry, I didn't see your question until now. I would be totally interested. Why don't you email me? You can find my contact me page at…moreHi Annie! Sorry, I didn't see your question until now. I would be totally interested. Why don't you email me? You can find my contact me page at amandarawsonhill.com !(less)
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YOU’LL FIND ME (My next Book!)

I’m so excited to announce that my next book is going to be a picture book! It will be published in Fall of 2020 by Magination Press. It’s a book about grief and “pre-grief” and saying goodbye and feeling close to those who are gone. I love it and can’t wait to share more about it with you!

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“...clutching the Book to his chest, under his crossed arms, as if trying to press it into his ribs, until his lungs filled with letters and his heart became a pulsing paragraph.”
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Amanda Rawson Hill I highly recommend it!! It is very intriguing and I couldn't put it down. It has some sexual parts but it is not really explicit. I really, really, really liked it (and so did my mom!)


Whitney I'm quite impressed that you already have three books up...and they are all now on my to-read shelf (yours are all way more cultural than mine). What did you think of The Other Boleyn Girl? I saw it recently and couldn't remember if you had recommended it or not.


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