Cranky writer or silent felicity

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RE: Cranky writer or silent felicity

Postby KarenRankowitz » Thu Mar 16, 2006 12:36 pm

Hey there,

I'm a mom of two young boys. and can understand this so well. Writing is like any job - you have to set hours for yourself. If you find a particular time of day/night that works then before your shift starts try to have all your ducks lined up - taking care of the little ones isn't something that can be put off for obvious reasons. No, I know there is no perfect routine and what works well one week might be a disaster the next. If they are old enough to understand that you have work to do, then tell them just that and that you need X amount of time. If not old enough, then perhaps a teenaged helper to come in and give you the time you need by taking the child/ren.

I have to laugh about staying up all night and being grumpy. I stay up late, sleep for 4 maybe 5 hours, rise early and begin again.

I think it was WD mag where I read a quote from a writer (not exact but you'll get the point):  You aren't a writer unless you are addicted to alchohol, caffeine, nicotine, sugar and no sleep.

Most of it really gets down to scheduling your work time - Oh, one bonus, when they go to school...

Karen :)

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RE: Cranky writer or silent felicity

Postby 80squeen » Fri Mar 17, 2006 3:22 am

Wow, I didn't realize there were so many other moms on here! I'm glad to know that! I have the same problem of when to write. My 2 year old takes a nap at noon and if I am going to do anything for myself then that is when I do it. I actually have sat down and done some writing when he is taking a nap but I find that my creativity is better at night so after I get the kids to bed I will go down to the office and write...anything. (Sometimes if I am up late writing I can take a nap when the kid is taking a nap, so I can catch up on my sleep) I agree with a lot of the other moms about being a mom first. I was not fortunate enough to be able to stay home with my eldest son so when my other son came along I jumped at the chance to be a stay at home mom (and BOY, that is a job isn't it??!!). I cherish all the moments we have together, especially when I see my 10 year old going about his business and I am no longer the center of his universe. I plan to hold on to the 2 year old as long as I can, there will be plenty of time to write later.



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