Friday, February 5, 2010

Writers Who Have Small Children

I have a new grandson. His name is Adrian Jaran Moser Brettin. He was born exactly one week ago today, and my husband and I get to babysit him and his older brother later today! Of course, we're thrilled.

But, it does present a problem. How am I going to get my computer and writing work done? Shrug. I have a great deal of admiration for those writers who have small children at home, and still manage to write.

The older boy is almost two, and he's yakking up a storm, wants to cook, and is very, very busy. My husband is going to play with him while I take care of the infant. See, it takes two of us, so how the heck do the rest of you handle multiple kids by yourselves? Of course, it may be because we're in our 50s and are definitely not as spry as we were 30 years ago!

What it boils down to is that I'm glad these are not my kids, and I admire those of you who do have small children and still manage to write.


Malcolm R. Campbell said...

I admire those who figure out how to look after kids and write, too. I think one part of the equation or the other involves cutting back on sleep.


DarcĂ­a Helle said...

Juggling kids and writing becomes a lot harder as we age. I wrote my first book when my kids were fairly young. Of course, I did most of my writing late at night, after they'd gone to bed. I didn't sleep much in those days! These days, I lose my train of thought when the phone rings. I can't imagine trying to write a book with little ones running around all day!

Jo Linsdell said...

Kids and writing is not easy esp. when the kids are little. I'm a fulltime mummy to a full of energy two year old so trust me I know!

These are my top 3 tips:

1) get the kids to burn off as much energy as possible in the morning so they have a nap or quiet time in the afternoon. This should give you an hour or two for writing.

2) Be organised. Have a to do list. This helps keep you focussed on what actually needs doing and stops you going off course.

3) make the most of any time you get for writing activities. You'd be surprised how much you can get done in just 15 minutes.

Hope this helps

Anonymous said...

My writer friends who have young kids usually write when the kids are down for a nap, at preschool, or right after they go to bed. When all else fails, slip 'em some Nyquil!