I gave up my teaching career a couple of years ago so I could stay home with my children—one school-aged, and one who has just turned two.
Soon, I’ll no longer be a mom of two, but a mom of four. We’re expecting a set of twins in early March, which means I’m as big as a house and every inch of my body hurts.
But, just because I’m ‘staying-at-home’ doesn’t mean I don’t work. In addition to all my normal mommy duties, I run a blog and regularly write for other blogs, write short fiction (some published) and novels (not published yet), and dabble in freelancing.
Still, I have worries and doubts. I ask myself questions like:
- How long can I keep up with my writing routines while my children are young?
- What will happen when we welcome more children to the family?
- Will I have to give up writing until my youngest children are in school?
Over the past six months, I’ve been writing an eBook about balancing motherhood and writing. As part of the research process, I interviewed busy moms who were also published novelists. Some of them are not only novelists, but also freelance writers or editors.
I wanted to use these interviews to show other aspiring novelist-moms (and myself) that parenthood, though challenging, isn’t a death sentence for creativity or writing success.
Here are just eight of the many moms who’ve managed to combine their passions for parenthood with their passions for writing:
1. Therese Walsh
Yes, our very own Therese Walsh—co-founder of Writer Unboxed—has done her time as a busy writer-mom. In fact, it was motherhood that prompted her to start writing fiction.
She’s a mother of two, and the author of The Last Will of Moira Leahy.
(Read Writer Unboxed’s Interview with Therese Walsh)
2. Julie Buxbaum
Julie Buxbaum became a writer before she became a mother, but she’s now learned to adjust her writing life to accommodate parenthood, as she pens her third novel.
(Read Writer Unboxed’s Interview with Julie Buxbaum)
3. Camille Noe Pagan
Beginning her writing career as a freelance journalist, Camille Noe Pagan has now turned to writing fiction, in addition to caring for her children.
She’s a mother of two, and the author of The Art of Forgetting.
4. Kristina Riggle
(Read Writer Unboxed’s Interview with Kristina Riggle)
5. Anna Elliott
Another regular contributor to Writer Unboxed, Anna Elliot wrote and sold her debut novel before her eldest daughter’s first birthday.
(Read Writer Unboxed’s Interview with Anna Elliott)
6. Jody Hedlund
7. Elizabeth Spann Craig
8. Jodi Picoult
Who hasn’t heard of Jodi Picoult? She wrote many of her bestselling novels during her years as a young, busy mom.
If you’re a busy mother who sometimes wonders if you’ll ever really have time to achieve your writing goals, I hope these amazing novelists will give you encouragement. I know I’ve been been inspired by learning more about them.
Until my children are older and more independent, I’ll use what time I do have wisely, and set reachable goals for my writing.
I’ll leave you with a handful of extra must-read articles for busy moms who write:
- How Can a Busy Mom Make Time for Writing? by Jody Hedlund
- Managing Your Time as a Writer, by Kristina Riggle
- Juggling Parenthood and Writing, by Elizabeth Spann Craig
- I Got Mommy-Tracked. And I’m Okay with It, by Camille Noe Pagan
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