–Sondi Warner, Writer/Blogger for Wrought Iron Reads
My bigger kids are at that age where everything’s a crisis and independence is desired but not quite manageable. Raising a moody ten-year-old, quirky eleven-year-old and introverted twelve-year-old is heck. That said, these guys always make the story come together! Let me show you how to amp up your writing with a pack of kids “helping” things along.
School Them! Get uninterrupted writing while you can. Take advantage of school time, and do the bulk of your writing while the little people are away, and save your errands and trips out until evening. As much as I hate to load up the SUV for a trip to Wal-Mart with all four kids, it’s much easier to manage than trying to fight through a tough chapter with all four of them.
Hire Your Help. Exercise vivid young imaginations by making kids a part of your writing. Let them name characters, suggest settings, research places and come up with conflicts. Write while they brainstorm, but set out a drop box for them to turn in their work or schedule a meeting where they can discuss their ideas. What a great way to teach professionalism!
Shut it down. The time you spend with your family is invaluable. Make sure you shut down early enough to devote your full attention to your kids. Once bedtime arrives, if you’ve still got a little work to do, then get back to it. Just don’t work your way out of your kids’ lives. They’re the most important part of YOUR story.
Even though having bigger kids means fewer interruptions, don’t be tempted to let your parenting lapse. This is one point in life where they need you more than ever, emotionally. Happy writing!