Writing about the fact that I want to be a writer is one thing.
Doing it is another.
Yesterday alone it took me approximately 40 minutes to get my announcement post out. In that time, Ada stuffed her sister in their play baby crib and locked the door on her, Mya stripped down naked and literally bounced off a wall, (she does that sometimes) and I almost smoked us out of the house when I forgot about the pan I had been heating for our egg breakfast.
It’s going to be a long road.
But, I do have a plan. (Somewhat.) The highlights include:
Obviously, a big part of being a writer is, well, writing, so, here are some of my start-up goals for the business:
1) A daily blog post. This is to get me in the habit of writing daily, of course, as well as keeping my “online” persona alive and kicking. In the blog world, if you don’t post, you don’t exist. I also find that blogging helps jump-start the writing and gets the creative juices flowing.
2) One query a week. My biggest problem right now is actually gluing my buns to the chair and writing out queries. I have a whole long excel spreadsheet of query ideas that I need to follow through on. So, in some form or capacity, I want to work on a query every day, with the goal of sending one query or submission out to a living, breathing editor a week.
3) Spruce up my blog. While this isn’t really a writing goal per se, I really, really want to change the look of my blog, making it more clean and professional looking–especially with a new header. If anyone knows of a good and affordable graphic designer, please let me know!
4) Do my homework. Part of my homework for my writing class with The Happiest Mom is to reach out to my local community and put my name, as a writer, out there. I plan on approaching some local businesses and pitching a newspaper column to the nearby paper to start.
5) Attend a writing conference. Word on the street is that attending writing conferences is an important part of being a writer. It solidifies the craft, gets you networking, and is an important street cred. I just registered for a smallish, localish conference, so come April, I can check this one off the list!
With writing, I will once again be a work-at-home mother. And having done it since Ada was born, I know how hard it can be to combine, or rather, try to separate, the home and work life. It can be a seeming endless, back-and-forth battle that more often that not, makes me feel on the losing end. But this time, I want to go in with a plan.
1) Babysitter once a week. I am determined this time around, to ship the kids out of the house at least one day a week. A whole day to just write will do wonders, I am sure of it. With actual free time and no interruptions, any mother knows that miracles can be accomplished in that amount of time.
2) One structured activity a week. Whether it be story time, or some sort of class, (I’ve been considering gymnastics classes, but ouch–the price!) I want to give the girls something out of the house to break up the monotony and help them stay active. Can’t hurt for nap time, either.
So, that’s the plan for now. I still have a couple of weeks of my part-time schedule at the hospital, so I am easing into it. And then, I’m sure, once I think I have it all figured out, the new baby will arrive, and I will be surviving on newborn time again. But that’s ok. I know it will all work out, and I am excited to have a newborn in the house again. Can’t wait for some cuddle time!
I just launched a new page too– Want To Become a Real Writer?–a series I hope can help other newbie writers out there just like me. I’ve chronicled my journey so far, and I would love any advice/tips/stories any of you can offer! Please contact me at info(at)tinybluelines.com to add your writing advice or offer a guest post for my new writing series.