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Comment by Tania Pryputniewicz on September 11, 2014 at 5:18pm

Love it--very grounded response, Ashley Grill. A friend of mine was trying to help me look at this too, and she thought, I think as you are implying, that time was the allow my daughter to grow up and when she's ready, to take an interest, to welcome it then. I feel since I am just learning to trust the world myself again, I want to be careful to trust in a world for her that is different than mine; she has a different story than mine. I will sort and choose maybe some things to share now--she's seen poems I've written about our family (the happier ones). The ones from my own challenging adolescence I don't feel she needs to read yet. Maybe when she is a grown woman. But the book comes out this fall, and I want to be conscious of her awareness, protecting her is foremost in my mind.

I really like your idea of meeting them where there are on the curiosity spectrum, and housing it in language or distilling it down to simpler terms that make sense for whatever age they are. Less is more, right? Thanks so much for the response. It has been an emotional time for me. I've need the mirrors of other mothers to help me see where I'm going as I go.

Comment by Ashley Grill on September 11, 2014 at 3:44pm

Great question Tania Pryputniewicz!  I'd love to hear others comments.  For me I do not show my daughter my writing at this point.  She is 9.5 and the story I've been writing is something I think she should be older to read.  I don't want it to take away her world view by sharing my perspective, but I do talk with her.  I give a watered down kid friendly version of the stories I've written about our life (fiction based on a true story) when I talk with her. She asks questions and I answer the best I can, but still protect her innocence, and try to build her relationship with her father. But, I don't want her to be hurt that she didn't know anything, when and if she chooses to read what I write.  I agree that family secrets are worse than family scandals.  Secrets isolate and stigmatize events, especially when they deal with your identity as a mother writer.  To not tell her about what I've written at all is like not letting her know who I am. I just want to make sure she is mature enough to cope and is surrounded with enough love and support when and if she ever chooses to read the stories I've written (I think in 5-10 years it may be ok).

Can anyone share their experience publishing before their children are of the age to read the content they're writing?  

Comment by Tania Pryputniewicz on September 11, 2014 at 1:27pm

Do you let your kids read what you write? Would love your comments at Mother Writer Mentor today on the post Writing and the Public Private Line: What Will the Family Think?

Comment by Nancy Mueller on September 10, 2014 at 6:27pm

Have a recipe for the perfect pie crust?

Comment by Brenda Moguez on September 5, 2014 at 9:04am
Comment by Marilyn Bousquin on September 3, 2014 at 10:12am

Do you ever think about how much more you know now than you knew then? This week's blog article at Writing Women's Lives is all about the reflective voice in memoir and why it matters. You can read it here.

Comment by Eva Lesko Natiello on August 31, 2014 at 11:37am

Hi Marylee, congrats on Montpelier Tomorrow. Hope it's doing well. I laughed when I read your comment on Instagram. I had my son sign me up for it a week or so ago, but have yet to post anything. I feel like I'm drowning in social media. I need to take a hard look at where to put my time. I still use Facebook and use it the most. I feel most comfortable on Facebook and its where I connect with friends and family. I don't have a fan or author page. I decided I couldn't manage more than 1 page so I just put a follow button on my personal page. I hate Twitter, and don't use it the way I could/should. I just don't get it and it feels to me like you could spend half your life on it and not really get anywhere. It doesn't work for my brain. So I think in nearish future I will try harder on Instagram and Pinterest. But I think if you want to connect with readers, Goodreads is the place to spend quality time. Have you done a giveaway yet? If not, drop everything right now and set one up! Let me know how it goes!


Comment by Marylee MacDonald on August 31, 2014 at 10:59am

Eva, I picked up a couple of tips from your post on the Oregon book club, namely that Facetime is a good way to join the conversation. I also loved your comments about getting to know your characters better. Is a book ever truly done, or do we endlessly imagine those characters continuing with their lives? Well done! I also notice that you are using Instagram and other social media to stay in touch with readers. Someone told me yesterday that Facebook is passe. I'm curious which social media outlets have proven the best for you. As you can see on my Facebook Author's page, I am just getting started on all of this. MONTPELIER TOMORROW

Comment by Eva Lesko Natiello on August 31, 2014 at 9:13am

A group of moms with a book club in Portland, Oregon get surprised by the author whose book they just read:

Comment by Jimmetta Carpenter on August 14, 2014 at 1:46pm

Hello everyone… hope you all have been well and hard at work.  The past couple of months have had their share of ups and their share of downs but I have managed to write some new blog posts which you can find at and even release an issue of my online magazine,  I hope that you all will check it out and please follow and leave a comment with a link to your blogs because I am always looking for new blogs to follow and even to feature in my Write 2 Be Magazine.  For updates on Write 2 Be Magazine you can also like the Write 2 Be Magazine fan page and become a part of the magazine!  I look forward to reading your blogs!


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