There’s no one right way to write– just like there’s no one proven parenting method. While your options are wide open, being great at either task is difficult work. Now imagine the negotiations, complications, and compromises you’ll have to figure out if you combine writing with parenting!

No two writing parents are alike– and every successful writer who’s also a parent has probably discovered different solutions and strategies to balance those priorities.

For instance, I was poking around online and read some advice from a mother who said, “If you’re tired, don’t write. Just sleep. You won’t write anything good with a foggy mind.” Conversely, I was talking with poet Todd Boss last month at the Printers Row LitFest in Chicago, and he told me about how he’d force himself to get up at 2 or 3am every morning to work on his first book, write for as long as he could, then crash again until the kids woke. I can’t imagine a MORE tired time to write than smack-dab in the middle of a rare stretch of available sleep.

But whatever works!

Here are 3 good articles that offer possible time-management solutions for parents/writers:

1. Parenting Tips for Writers– by Janet Fitch

2. Writer and Parent? Tips for Finding Your New Balance–  by John Scalzi

3. Balancing Parenthood and Your Art Career– by Lori McNee


So, what works for you? How’ve you balanced writing with parenting? Please feel free to comment in the section below.

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Chris Robley

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is an award-winning poet, songwriter, performer, and music producer who now lives in Portland, Maine after more than a decade in Portland, Oregon. His music has been praised by NPR, the LA Times, the Boston Globe, and others. Skyscraper Magazine said he is “one of the best short-story musicians to come along in quite some time.” Robley’s poetry has been published or is forthcoming in POETRY, Prairie Schooner, Poetry Northwest, Beloit Poetry Journal, RHINO, Magma Poetry, and more. He is the 2013 winner of Boulevard's Poetry Prize for Emerging Writers and the 2014 recipient of a Maine Literary Award in the category of "Short Works Poetry."

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