Today's premiere guest post is by Debbie Curran, another writer-in-progress and fellow blogger. Find out more about Debbie at her blogs:
Writing With Kidlets At Home
At 16 - I announced to my family that I wanted to write books. Novels. And I began rewriting books I’d already read for ‘practice’ – I thought I was brilliant.
It was, quite frankly, terrible writing... but my family kindly told me it was wonderful. Dad just wanted me to be sure to have a day job. Yeah, an early phenom I most definitely was not.
By 25 - BA in hand - I thought I had the world by the tail. But I still needed to pay the bills; I found work and squeezed in a little writing around work, travel, dating, nights out, reading, tv, movies... yeah, hadn’t really worked out the best priority list.
By 35 - married with one on the way. It was time. I brushed off the ‘big idea’ I’d flirted with for years and tossed it out to my hubby. He punched holes in the story, I changed the main character’s sex and species (YA fantasy), and created a new world and mythology.
Now, 4 years and 2 kiddies later I’ve got a huge fictional family tree on the wall, a mythology, backstory, outlines and notes that fill a couple flexible folders, but not much actually written. Trying to get it in while the boys are chasing each other, tearing apart the basement, and destroying the small amount of order I manage to keep in the house is a challenge I’ve yet to overcome.
I’m still working on it – in fact, I’ve started writing in 15 minute chunks and I’m finally seeing progress. I’m also splitting the time between two major writing projects, two blogs, and reading whatever books I can get my grubby little hands on. Yeah, I guess until the boys are both in school, I’m looking at small-chunk-writing... and maybe I’m more productive that way... because I’ve gotten more accomplished over the past few weeks than the preceding months.
Or maybe it’s the writing-with-kidlets that’s doing it... juggling the yells, screams, fights, slips, falls, stubbed toes, wants, meals, snacks, drinks, games, walks, bike rides, and the always-behind-laundry makes for less time-wasting. And I still get plenty of that in.