Writing and raising children actually go well together. My career as an author has been just as rewarding as my career as a mother. The writing hours are flexible and it keeps my brain sharp.
When I first started writing at 30, I had five young children and I could start bedtime routines at 7:30, tuck them all in for a good night sleep and then dash off to my computer for a good chunk of writing time. I was still young enough with lots of energy, so writing was a part of my night time routine for several years. Truthfully, I needed lots of practice and honing my craft helped me tremendously.
It became more challenging as my children grew older plus I had more motivation to be published. Still, nighttime was the best time to write so I continued. Now with my last three teens, I can steal away some hours in the afternoon and evenings, in between schedules of schooling and activity and still write quite a bit.
I have now published four books on my own since 2002. I have my own weekly newspaper column and I contribute articles to three other websites. My writing has greatly improved over the years but I have a way to go to be considered a literary giant.
I love the fact that I write for the masses. I relate very well to the every day normal citizen or laborer and I like expressing myself plainly instead of using flowery language and unfamiliar words I don’t know how to spell. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for literary works of art with a higher level of reading which we should always continue to use. I’m just not the one to write them.
There is another aspect of writing and motherhood which promotes considerable thought. As a mother, I am responsible for teaching and raising my children until they are old enough to be independent. As with writing books and articles, I follow through on my work until it catches its own audience and becomes successful. It’s the law of the harvest at best. We plant the seed and then follow through both in our own children’s life and our writing.
Hence, my life continues on in both my careers of choice: motherhood and author. I don’t have as much stamina at 52 as I did at 30 but, I am doing exactly what I have wanted to do for the past twenty years and have had success in both areas. I hope all you mommy authors do too.