Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Mommy Writes: Let the Journey Begin!

Before I went on maternity leave, Kate and I discussed writing a new topic for my posts. Of course, my mind was blank, really blank. We already had so many great topics being covered. What could I possibly write about? After a crazy day of errands and baby spit, the idea popped into my head.

I work full-time for a Fortune 500, have three kids under the age of seven, and still have time to write. My friends, family—mainly my mom, and all my writer friends are always asking me how. How do you balance all of that, and do it sober???

Some days, I have no freaking clue. Others, I’m nursing my son in one arm and making pancakes with the other just so I can get everyone settled and have twenty minutes to write. While I don’t recommend cooking a turkey and nursing, it’s amazing what you can do with a bit of focus and creativity.
That’s what my posts will be about: tips, tricks, sanity checks, and anything else that might help your chaotic life or give you a laugh or two.

My first tip, find your palace.

I write during my lunch hour, in the lunchroom, with a bunch of co-workers. How do I ignore the gossip and the chatting? I find my MIND PALACE and just write. You'd be amazed at how much you can write when you only have 60 minutes.
All of us are busy. Heck, I had a baby May 13th who was in the NICU for ten days—worst experience ever—and yet on May 28th I was still able to publish a book on schedule.

If your quiet place is the bathroom, grab the laptop, pad and pen, WHATEVER, lock yourself in and take your time. It doesn't matter if it's only ten, or twenty minutes, as long as you give it your best, that's all that matters.

On my next post, I'll give you dinner tips. Get dinner over and done with, and you have more time to write!

Eliza graduated from Dowling College with a BS in Visual Communications. When she's not arguing with excel at her day job, or playing Dragon Age 2, she's writing. Her YA stories hold a bit of the fantastical and there's always a hot romance. She resides on Long Island with her husband, two kids, and one very snuggly pit bull. Books: Broken Forest(Curiosity QuillsPress, May 2013).  

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