If you've ever had trouble finding time to work on a creative project, you'll appreciate this helpful tip from JK Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series:
Be Ruthless About Protecting Writing Days
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 12:01AM

Be ruthless about protecting writing days, i.e., do not cave in to endless requests to have "essential" and "long overdue" meetings on those days. The funny thing is that, although writing has been my actual job for several years now, I still seem to have to fight for time in which to do it. Some people do not seem to grasp that I still have to sit down in peace and write the books, apparently believing that they pop up like mushrooms without my connivance. I must therefore guard the time allotted to writing as a Hungarian Horntail guards its firstborn egg.



The problem, of course, is how to do this and still have a life.  For inspiration in this department, I look to the women in my book They Raised Me Up.  My great-aunt Marj had a disabled son, a full time job and a music school to run.  Nonetheless, she found time to play the piano and to compose beautiful arrangements of her favorite Negro Spirituals.   Amazing! Check out my book to find out more.