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Comment by Karen Paul-Stern on August 29, 2010 at 4:34am
My newest blog on Current Mom:

Tethered to Technology, Part Two: Texting
http://www.currentmom.com/currentmom/2010/08/tethered-to-technology...
Comment by Ginger McKnight-Chavers on August 28, 2010 at 9:22pm
My writing instructors @ Sarah Lawrence also advised "10 minutes a day." Even if it's just journaling or writing down the conversation of the people next to you at Starbucks. It really helps you move forward, however incremental. And most importantly, it keeps your mind in your writing so you don't waste precious, hard-earned time reviewing where you left off once you finally are able to tear your attention away from your family long enough to revisit your writing.
Comment by Elizabeth Young on August 27, 2010 at 11:26pm
Thank you SO much Joan for the information! Any new tools that help are invaluable. I tend to write when I'm inspired to, but am attempting to set aside time each day to write, or if I don't actually write, do some research or collate notes. In other words, I'm on the job! Thank you again Joan, true leaders recognize the importance of mentoring and you have caught that vision beautifully.
Comment by Rebecca Rasmussen on August 27, 2010 at 9:52pm
I have been living like a college student while my husband and daughter have been out in Oregon. My mom came over today to help me clean up the mess, but we ended up having pizza and wine instead. Oh, boy, tomorrow it's vacuum city. And my family finally comes home. :)
Comment by E Victoria Flynn on August 27, 2010 at 9:16pm
That's it--I've been cleaning and organizing (and getting the baby things out, out, out!) and going on amazing adventures with two little girls that I haven't even written a blog post much less finished the story I started 2 months ago.

But at the same time, I'm so thrilled to be having this time with my kids (this week) and to be participating in the mess-making rather than walking around howling about it. I've tried every which way to stretch out a day, but it just won't budge.
Comment by Meg Waite Clayton on August 27, 2010 at 8:04pm
>I've finally resigned myself to the fact that I will never have one of those super-clean houses

Better a little dust on my dresser than on my manuscript!

I don't even answer the phone when I'm writing, much less clean!
Comment by Rachel Epp Buller on August 27, 2010 at 2:32pm
Olivia, I hear you! I've finally resigned myself to the fact that I will never have one of those super-clean houses, unless we are someday able to invest in cleaning help, simply because there are so many other things that I find more rewarding. What has worked best for me is to either stay up late writing after the kids are in bed, or get up early to work before they're up (and sometimes both). I've found that I don't seem to need as much sleep as I used to, maybe thanks to those years of interrupted night. And, remember that you are setting a great example for your kids and they will be so proud of you for your writing accomplishments.
Comment by Joan Dempsey on August 27, 2010 at 2:28pm
That tug away from writing is so terribly common, especially for women, and especially when it's a kiddo competing for your time. I have a dear friend who's got two small ones and she's benefited from doing 10 minutes of writing a day, every day. Amazing how much she's been able to accomplish with just that amount of time. Ch 7 in my free e-book is called The Habit of Small Successes and it helps you create the writing habit in 30 days. Check it out: http://literaryliving.com
Comment by Olivia Percle on August 27, 2010 at 1:27pm
Hello everyone! I wanted to introduce myself and confess something to you. My name is Olivia (that's not the confession- that comes in a bit).
I am an aspiring writer and mother to a sassy 5 year old girl and adorable ruffian 2 year old boy. I endeavored to take classes towards an MFA in creative writing and used those classes to pursue writing a fiction novel that's been growing in my brain for the past year.
Here's the confession. I finished a class last month- and haven't written anything (except sporadic journaling) since then. Here's why; when I was scrambling to finish my portfolio for the class, my daughter wanted me to do something for her and I reminded her that I was doing class work, but when I was done, the class was over and I'd have more time for her.
She responded, "You mean no more homework for you?...Yay! Now we can spend time together again!"
Ugh. And it's true, when I focus on something besides my domestic life and children, I fall short with being there for my family and feel like I'm neglecting them and the train comes off the tracks.
Ahhh...that felt good. Thanks for listening.
I'm happy to be a member of She Writes and hope to find the time to be a SHE that WRITES, SOON.
Comment by Joan Dempsey on August 27, 2010 at 11:28am
Mom's might find this of use - free, 40-page e-book: "The Power of Deliberate Thinking: 5 Strategies for Staying at the Writing Desk (Despite Your Self-Doubts)." Get it here: http:literaryliving.com. Enjoy and let me know what you think!
 

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