Today I’m going to talk about the time poor and tired writers out there. But it’s a specific group of time poor and tired – mums of young kids. Whether it be babies, toddlers, preschoolers or kindergarten kids, it is hard to find time to write when your attention is being demanded almost very minute of the day! That dream you have of finishing your book seems so very far away right now. It feels like this period will never end. I know because I’m in this period of life. Time on the computer is scarce these days. Sometimes I don’t look at my computer for days.
I’m not discouraged and here’s why I don’t want you to be either. This crazy busy, oh so tired part of your life will end at some point. It won’t always be this full on. Each day I choose to put my writing on the back burner. That’s not to say I’m not writing, I’m just not allowing the writing to stop me from parenting my babies. Time with them is so precious and it’s finite. The computer is there and will always be there waiting for me.
I do though find pockets of time to write at least 4 days out of the week. I don’t put a word count on myself, I just write on my current project and pray my baby girl sleeps more than 20 mins – she usually doesn’t! When she cries out to me, I stop typing. I’ll get to it again later.
I guess my post today is about taking the pressure off ourselves and to just be ‘mum’. My writing is there, it’s alive and well just not going at the speed it was before. But much like life I’ve discovered that often times we’re in the slow lane for a while and then all of a sudden we’re back in the fast lane. Life ebbs and flows and the more I try and control the flow the more frustrated I get. Personally, I’d rather write slower than be frustrated that I’m not writing the way I was before baby came along.
So mums, keep writing and dreaming even when it feels like this dream will never happen, let life’s river take on its journey. I’ll be a fun journey no matter what.
How do you approach motherhood and writing?