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Writing with Kids: Really Useful Links by Paul Anthony Shortt

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Being a parent brings with it a lot of challenges. And I should know: we’ve got twins who’ve started school this week, and a younger child who’ll be joining them next year. One of the most common excuses you’ll hear for why people put off writing is that they “don’t have the time.” Well, I guarantee, nothing will stretch your resources like trying to find the time, energy, and peace, to write when you’ve got a gang of little humans running around.

So it’s time to put the excuses away, get settled at our desks, and find out how others have managed to juggle parenting and writing.

1: Making Time to Write When You Have Young Children – We start with Joanna Penn, who shares some wisdom she gained when her children were still very young.

2: Limit on Number of Children? – When an article came out in the Atlantic, claiming that female authors shouldn’t have more than one child, award-winning authors Zadie Smith and Jane Smiley hit back, pointing out the flaws in this argument. Children are not a barrier to a successful writing career; they’re just one more aspect of your life to account for.

3: How do Writers with Families Balance It All? –  In this piece, several authors with children share their stories about how they’ve managed to make time both for their families and for their work.

4: Guide for Parents – To finish us up, The Write Life gives some tips for busy parents, acknowledging the harsh truth that once you have children, a lot of the old advice on productivity is no longer valid.

That’s it for this week. I encourage you to seek out more information on this, as there are plenty of articles offering specialised parent advice, such as how to hand the specific challenges of children at different ages, like new babies and toddlers. You’ll find that there’s far more advice out there for mothers who are authors than for fathers, which I’ve not included here as I don’t believe in perpetrating stereotypical gender roles. Take it from me, being a dad as well as a writer is a tough gig!

(c) Paul Anthony Shortt


Paul Anthony Shortt believes in magic and monsters; in ghosts and fairies, the creatures that lurk under the bed and inside the closet. The things that live in the dark, and the heroes who stand against them. Above all, he believes that stories have the power to change the world, and the most important stories are the ones which show that monsters can be beaten.

Paul's work includes the Memory Wars Trilogy and the Lady Raven Series. His short fiction has appeared in the Amazon #1 bestselling anthology, Sojourn Volume 2.

Website: http://www.paulanthonyshortt.com

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