So let's throw the whole idea of balance out the window with a good grunt and move on, shall we?.
Write. Write. Write.
It all comes down to this little saying that hovers over my every day: If it's important to you, you'll find a way; if not, you'll find an excuse.
And that's it. There's no magic formula, no magic spell to get your kids out of your hair, no magic beans to transport you away. There's just you and your dream and your desire to make it happen.
*A writer is someone who writes, an author is published.