The Busy Mom’s Guide to Writing, a Guest Post by Suzannah (Write it Sideways) & GIVEWAY!

The Busy Mom’s Guide to Writing, a Guest Post by Suzannah (Write it Sideways) & GIVEWAY!

 UPDATE: 5/10 – This giveaway is now CLOSED. Congrats to Angela Hunter who won a copy!

 

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.

 

– Laura

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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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15 thoughts on “The Busy Mom’s Guide to Writing, a Guest Post by Suzannah (Write it Sideways) & GIVEWAY!

  1. Thank you for your brilliant and funny post about being a mom who writes. I too have written in precarious circumstances related to the joys of motherhood – and I appreciate a kindred spirit.

    Thank you for your wit and wisdom!
    Jameetenzer.com/balance

  2. Good for you! I’m also a mother of twins, except mine are 5 – kudos to you finding time to write amongst the chaos. As I tap out this comment on my laptop, I am surrounded by Hot Wheels, books and a rouge Avenger on my desk. When I need inspiration/motivation to write, I will think of your post on LWC. 🙂

  3. Time management is probably one of the most over-looked skills for any creatives, especially when you have kids around! Thanks for the tip! 🙂

  4. Angela Hunter

    This is so true!
    I sit at my desk (after having been up last night until 4:30 in the morning), my hair is dirty, I am hungry, but I am writing.
    Why? Because I want to be a writer.
    I have three kids 5yrs. and under. I homeschool them, but I always try to fit in any bit of writing I can while they attempt to nap. It doesn’t always work, but I adapt and make the best out of it.
    Either way, I am doing two things I love: raising my children and writing a book.

  5. Juggling everything as a mom of three girls (ages 5, 3, and five months) with a husband in the military who frequently deploys makes me feel frustrated when I try to throw writing into the mix and it doesn’t all work. I’d love to read this book to see how I can get more writing time in! Thanks for a great post and good luck with the contest entry!

  6. We are in this together, Suzannah. I am not much of a writer though I love to read. But I am a fulltime working mom and at one point my biggest wish in life was to not smell of baby-wipes and Sudocream (I know it’s bad but my lil one had horrible diaper rash) and baby vomit. But I lived through it.
    Here is to Mommy Power!

  7. I have a 2 year old and one on the way (due in less than 10 weeks) and I work PT, I would love some tips from a mom who’s been there. I try to manage my time but it never seems to work like I plan – I’d be grateful to win a copy! Thanks for opp and wish you the best!

  8. I have a 2 year old and one on the way (less than 10 weeks) and I work PT, I would love some tips from a mom who’s been there. I try to manage my time but it never seems to work like I plan – I’d be grateful to win a copy! Thanks for opp and wish you the best!


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