Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Writing with Children
Hear that sound? Ahhhhhhhhhh. It's the sound of my daughter at school. I love that kid, don't get me wrong. But the summers are...challenging. I'm generally a nice person with a bubbly disposition, but I am gruuuumpy writer. I'm like Jack Nicholson in As Good As It Gets. "If the door is closed, it means I'm working. Don't EVER disturb me when I'm working." So if I try to sneak in a chapter, say, when she's watching My Little Pony, and then she comes in to say she wants Mac & Cheese -- a perfectly innocent request -- my focus is gone in a flash and oftentimes cannot be retrieved. Write after bedtime, you say? That's hard for me too -- she loves to be cuddled until she falls asleep, and then guess what happens most of the time. Yeah, I've been going to bed at 8:30 lately.
But at least I only have one, and she's in school. I know some of you writers out there have more than one, and ones that are too young to be in school yet. So I ask you: when the bleep do you have time to write? I just took on a new part-time job too, typing at home. Now I barely have time or energy to work on a novel. So you ladies and gentlemen out there, juggling kids, work and a spouse, how do you find time to write? What's your routine?
Desperately Seeking Sanity