Carving time out to write was difficult once I returned to the workforce. I no longer had the luxury of the entire day before me. I used every excuse in the book--tired from work, laundry to do, haven't been to the store in a week, etc. Then one day I took myself out to lunch. Wow. It worked. I began to write during my lunch hour. Sometimes I'd be in my car with a P B and J, when I was flush with cash I'd go to my favorite restaurant. I finished three manuscripts in three years.