The Busy Mom’s Guide to Writing, a Guest Post by Suzannah (Write it Sideways) & GIVEWAY!
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Thanks to Suzannah of Write it Sideways for this hilarious anecdote of balancing writing and motherhood. Leave a comment below about the book or your own writing challenges to win a copy of Suzannah’s fabulous new guide, The Busy Mom’s Guide to Writing.
I’m a mom, and I’m a writer.
Like all other moms who write, I’m busy. Actually, as a mom of one school-aged child, one toddler, and a set of 7-week-old twins, busy is an understatement. These days, I wear a lot of ‘comfort fashions’ and dream of having a shower the way a child dreams of being accidentally locked in a candy shop overnight. I recently learned about an enticing short story contest, the deadline of which was rapidly approaching. I’d already started a story which was perfect for the competition, but could I possibly complete it, let it marinate, edit and proofread it in just five days?
My kids’ mid-morning nap times were ideal for writing, but what would I do when, at 5:30 am, three-quarters of my offspring were screaming just as I was struck with the creativity and stamina to compete such a challenge? Here’s what: I made my 2-year-old’s breakfast and sat him in his highchair. I plunked myself on the couch with a nursing pillow strapped to my waist (it sort of looks like one of those big trays hotdog salesmen wear at baseball games) in order to feed the twins. I then proceeded to write on my laptop, which was stacked on top of a craft table, several books and a Lego box to bring the computer to the right height.
Awkward. Very awkward.
But, after several mornings spent this way, I finished the story and entered the contest. I may not win or even make the shortlist, but I’m happy I gave it my best. Plus, if I don’t win, I still have a story I can submit to literary magazines.
While I wouldn’t recommend regularly putting yourself in such a position, remember there are always solutions (or at least partial solutions) for your time predicaments. When you’re a busy mom with a passion for writing, you’ll find ways to get your words on the page, even if it means a little indignity and a whole lot of juggling. Who knows? Maybe one day you’ll see me featured in an article like Weird Writing Habits of Famous Authors. Until then, you can bet I’ll be practising awkward writing poses for my press shot.
Suzannah Windsor Freeman is the creator and editor of Write It Sideways, and author of The Busy Mom’s Guide to Writing. Her short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Grist, Sou’wester, SawPalm, The Sand Hill Review, and The Best of the Sand Hill Review anthology. Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/writeitsideways Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/writeitsideways Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/writeitsideways/
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