Attention: This post was updated on January 24th 2018
So you want to be an author, do you? As a stay at home parent you may think writing is the perfect job. You can be with your children and write to your heart's content. In one sense you are absolutely correct. You can do this from home while being there for your children and it's absolutely amazing. And incredibly difficult. I swear my kids have productivity radar! They know as soon as I close my Facebook window and start to focus on writing or editing.
And at this point I was distracted by said children. The oldest needed food the youngest needed a drink and before I knew it, it was time to make dinner.
Anyway, OH I need coffee --- Three minutes later--- Where was I? Oh right, distractions. There are lots of distractions around us. For example, before sitting down to write this (for the second time)I had to vacuum. If I hadn't instead of typing it, I would have been staring at the dirt on the floor--Sorry had to stop and write down an epiphany for my current WIP. OK, I think my point is pretty clear. Actually writing my distractions in here (and I didn't even include them all) has really shown me how important the things I am about to tell you truly are. I have two boys, the oldest is five and the youngest is three. While my oldest is at school and the youngest naps, is when I can be productive.
(NOTE: I now have three kids, ages 7, 5, and 10months. And we homeschool. Somehow I'm more productive than ever.)
Here are the four things you need to write with children:
Also, I know working and helping to pay the bills (Or paying them all yourself) is very important, but don't forget, your kids are only little once. Every second that writing allows you to spend with them should be seen as the gift it is. So, when you sit down to make that schedule, don't forget to pencil in time to play dress up or ninja turtles. Maybe even snuggle and read a book to your little one.
Happy writing and happy parenting!
Marissa Frosch is the head of marketing at Amphibian Press and also writes under the pseudonym Cameron J Quinn. The first of her Starsboro Series is due out on January 16th. She can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads and her website.
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