MAKING TIME TO WRITE WHEN YOU HAVE KIDS

Making time to write is hard when you’re a stay-home parent. My own kids are teenagers—busy, busy teenagers with jobs and social lives and cell phones and their own agendas. If I wanted to work on a novel, they’d probably be thrilled to have me out of their hair. But I remember when I firstContinue Reading

2 Responses to MAKING TIME TO WRITE WHEN YOU HAVE KIDS

  1. Great tips, Reba! I heard Mary Gordon once tell a story about her writing time.

    She’d had an in-house nanny to watch her kids a few hours a day so she could write. She said that one day her young son decided to sit outside her door all day while she wrote. She ignored him to teach him a lesson–that the structure of the day was set. When she opened the door she gathered him up into her arms and he said. “did you know I was sitting here all day?” And she said yes. And the son said “But did you know that I was crying?”

    Holy moly! Talk about killer. The writing life sure can be brutal (especially for friends and family of us writers)!

    It’s a great post–thanks for sharing it!

    • Lisa, thanks for the great story! I would have caved immediately…and usually did with the slightest sad-eyed look or teary little face, which is probably why I didn’t get much writing done in those days. 🙂

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