Julie Metz, author of Perfection (my review) to The Book Chick today. Today she shares what it's like to balance being a parent and being an author.
"Writing and mothering are a tough fit.
But if you are determined enough to overcome the obstacles of never having enough sleep and never having enough hours in the day, you’ll make time to write, while doing laundry, shopping for food, supervising homework...
The best advice I received early on was to sit for twenty minutes a day. See what happens. There will be days when you have to force yourself not to pop up to make soup or put clothes in the dryer, anything to avoid the task at hand…but if you stick with it, it will become a habit and before you know it the pages will be piling up.
On the down side, you’ll think twice and three or four and ten times about using it. You’ll worry about offending neighbors, your mom and dad, your aunts, uncles, and especially you’ll worry about embarrassing your kids. For whom you are already an embarrassment (so who wants to make thing worse than they already are?).
On the up side, once you have written your story, you’ll might be surprised to find fans among many of those very people you worried about offending. People don’t always consciously appreciate the truth, but they do always appreciate a good story, well told."
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