I have often thought about joining a 'support' forum to help with my book writing. I finally took the plunge this afternoon! I've often written little short kid stories for my kids with illustrations just to amuse them. I have somewhat of a creative streak despite my 'science' job and enjoy writing and drawing. So writing a book always has been in the back of my mind. One day in April 2009, I had amazing epiphany of a plot for a kids/young adult book that just took me by storm. This never happens. It stuck in my mind, begging to be developed. I discussed the idea with my wife who really loved it. For the first time in my life I began to seriously consider writing a book. My concern, initially, was about finishing it. I was old enough to not be stuck in an infatuation stage where a book seems like something to easily churn out with minimal effort. If I started this book, it was going to be an undertaking. Eventually, I decided to go for it. My first order of business was getting some writing software. I discovered Scrivener and fell in love with it. Without it, I seriously doubt I would have a chance at finishing this thing. My first problem was that I didn't own a Macintosh. My job skills provided the necessary expertise to build a 'hackintosh' desktop - but I outgrew that quickly and realized I needed a laptop to write on. I decided on a Macbook Air and bought one used on eBay for a good deal some time mid-2010. It has been wonderful. Macbook Air + Scrivener is the ultimate writing platform (for me anyway!). Over those years I have written a fair amount of notes - on paper often enough - all incorporated into Scrivener. I have some great characters, about 6 chapters written, and a lot of good plot lines. Things are great, creatively. The couple people I've allowed to read what I've got so far have begged me for more - a nice ego boost But wow has it been slow. I have a full time (plus) job. I have 4 kids age 7 and under. I have numerous interests that constantly interfere with writing like guitar, video games, computer building/tinkering, reading (although I'm told a good writer reads a lot), and lots of other stuff. I find that I really write best with 2 hours of completely uninterrupted time - that doesn't happen too often (never). Strangely there are times when I've cranked out a chapter in just a week. This always happens when my family goes out of state on vacation. Wherever we are staying - I always use my free time to write. The pages often fly. Its really amazing. But if I'm going to finish this thing, I'm going to have to find other ways to write other than the 2-3 weeks out of the year I'm away on vacation!!! I've been really stuck recently. I don't think I've written in 4-5 months. I've typed up some notes, worked on some plot ideas, but I can't take another 3 years to finish! I would like to really get it done within the next 18-24 months. Gotta be done so my kids can read it when they're old enough!!! I'm not sure what I'm looking for here. Maybe wondering if anyone else is in a similar boat? I know I need discipline. I need to parcel out some hours during the week that are writing time. My family would be completely supportive of this and helpful. I need to get motivated - maybe that's not quite it. I am motivated but I know that unless I have a nice block of time and a quiet environment (and a cup of coffee!), I'm not going to accomplish much. I've tried just writing amid the ruckus in my house and I just get discouraged at the end of a session. I figured there's got to be some folks out there that are operating in an environment like mine - or close to it. There's not going to be one magic fix, but I'm hoping I can work out a few things to get myself writing consistently. If anything, I'm really anxious to see what ultimately happens in my book! Its a great feeling to be caught up with an awesome story where you're being entertained by writing just as much as (hopefully) someone is by reading. Thanks!