I WANT to write, but I have small children... is it possible?

(29 Posts)
FannyMcNee Mon 13-Aug-12 21:06:02

Seriously, I desperately want to write. I managed it with DD1 as I did it whilst she slept during the day and often got a good 2 hours out of it. I fact I wrote more after DD1 than I'd written in the last ten years...

However, now we have DD2 and chances of them day-sleeping simultaneously are almost nil. (They are 2.3, and 9 months btw.)

My original plan was to write in the evenings, but by the time they're asleep and we've had dinner, I'm just SO tired.

Does anyone have any words of encouragement or inspirational examples? I don't want to become one of those people who blames my children for not following my dreams. In fact, that's NOT going to happen because there HAS to be a way!!!

<manic determination emoticon>

IShallPracticeMyCurtsey Sun 26-Aug-12 09:14:47

Helen Simpson is very good.

Yes, have plenty more stories to get rejected-oh, I'm an old hat at this stage. You learn to look at the figures and not take it personally. Well, as in you do take it personally at the time, but you have to get over it. I've been lucky a few times, and unlucky far more times. I just need to get better. Only time and work will help and even then there are no guarantees!
But you do it because you love it.

FannyMcNee Sun 26-Aug-12 12:52:37

Tell me about the times you've been lucky...

phdlife Wed 29-Aug-12 22:49:41

I have been writing but really only tiny squeezy bits over the past couple of years (my dcs are now 3 and 5 and I still don't get an unbroken night's sleep). There was no way we could afford any childcare, I've only occasionally had a couple of hours off thanks to the in-laws and half the time that was the only way I could get to medical appts. In addition to his normal 40hr week my dh is also a Reservist so works one evening/week, one weekend/month, at least 2 weeks away/year. In those periods I really don't get anything done, but when he's home my "sunday morning time off for good behaviour" is set in stone - I go to the library where the coffee shop ladies are looking forward to seeing their names on the acknowledgements page. And now I sometimes manage 40 mins or so while they're watching their morning telly. I think the key is to just keep plugging along, however piecemeal. Now going back to read rest of the thread smile

juggling2boys Wed 23-Jan-13 21:12:54

I am writing a novel with 2 boys under 5, the one thing that helped me was finding the easiest tool to use, I know it sounds bonkers but the laptop, pens and paper were impractical as the boys like buttons and scribbling so kept demanding to join in! So my hubby bought me a nexus tablet. I can grab it, open up the chapter I am working on and use the swipe typing which is so easy to use ( drag finger across keyboard without lifting off) so fast, so easy and I am on chapter 7 in 4 weeks after waiting 5 years to get going smile

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