When my children were small, I used “nap time” “quiet time” or “independent play” to write. Pretty much anytime my kids were quietly entertained I would force myself to type away.
When my children went to bed for the night, I would reread what I wrote for the day and try to fix any glaring loopholes in my plotline. I set a goal to write every day no matter what.
My kids are school age now, so I have time in the morning to write. But I still follow a routine, and I still push myself to meet my writing goals. I found that the best time for me creatively is between nine in the morning and noon. That is when my brain is sharpest.
When my kids are home, I put my writing aside. I have learned the key to my writing success is maintaining a routine, setting goals, and finding a balance.