Anybody who thinks that 'writing is easy' has never written a book and believe me, I speak from experience. Not only my own but that of other writers. Writing is a lonely job. I don't know other writers' routines, but I know that, while I'm not a prima donna (really!), I have to have long stretches of well, boring time. I cannot be dashing here and there, entertaining friends, even meeting friends for lunch without slowing my output. A 2:00 PM dental appointment (actually any appointment) can throw me off. Being aware that I'm going to have to leave the computer is always at the back of my mind and plays havoc with my muse (the bitch) and yet... There are times that I can field 50 phone calls, wash and fold clothes, put the dogs in and out, sit with Howard for coffee and have 15 people show up at the front door and have an amazing day on the book. It's baffling, even to me. I guess it's a case of when you're hot, you're hot and when you're not, you're not.
Writers with young children, writers who have full time jobs are my heros. There are writers with growing families who are attending conferences, blogging (and we know how great I am at that), taking on other projects and yet they continually meet deadlines and write some really great books. My hat is off to all of them -- and they deserve a big round of applause. Oh, and added sales :-)