Meagan, writing on your own requires hard work, focus and discipline. Like you I guess I like chatting too much to really focus on writing so decided to write a non fiction book with a fellow blogger. It was a huge amount of fun - she is in the UK and I'm in the US - so we batted emails back and forth. That might work for you, writing with another blogger or at least joining a critique group to get feedback.
My book is called Cocktails at Naptime will make you laugh and wince in recognition! www.cocktailsatnaptime.blogspot.com
OK, so I should really keep better tabs on my unmonitored discussions! Terri and Emma...thanks for recently responding to this discussion board. It reminded me I started it in the first place, and I think it is probably pretty important I update you all about where I've gone since then.
My first book, (a non-fiction book called Choosing to Grow: Through Marriage) is due to be published in March. It was picked up by TreasureLine Publishing about a month after I posted my question. I have since spent the last six months finishing the book and preparing it for release. I surprisingly found the time I needed to devote to getting it finished, despite the children and my job. I was a bit shut in otherwise, and I am happy I can come back out to be a part of the conversation again.
I collected the stories for my book from small groups of women, and I am presenting my book the same way. It is still a journey, and I may eventually be able to focus blocks of time similarly to fiction writing, but for now, I am satisfying my social needs as I interview and then present my writing ventures.
Thanks for all of your input ladies...it is nice to know that no one's journey is exactly the same, but there is also comfort knowing I have companion travelers!!