Writing through the different stages of motherhood is always a new challenge. Where I just had baby number 5 a month ago I thought I’d start at the beginning.
WRITING WITH A NEWBORN!
Writing when you have a bran new baby is a hard thing to do. But when you are a writer, you still want to do it. You still have that urge and that need. And if you have a deadline then you really need to be able to do it. Here are a few things to keep in mind when writing with a newborn.
- Make smaller goals for the month your baby is due and the next two months after.
- You can easily read books about writing or in your genre while you feed the baby.
- Write a little bit after baby goes to sleep, then take a nap too. If you are exhausted its hard to be creative.
- Maybe do more research then writing during this time.
- Try typing one handed.
- Use a pen and notebook instead
- Try using a microphone on your computer or phone and have your voice do the typing.
- Give Daddy extra snuggle time with baby so you can sneak in a little writing time.
- Maybe plan on doing more world building and Character sketches or outlining during this time.
- Your baby loves to hear your voice. Talk your story out with baby. They make great What if… partners,
- FORGIVE YOURSELF!! You will be tired, you will be healing and adjusting to life with your new little one. If you can’t get done what you wanted too, let it go! It’s okay. Snuggle your baby and let yourself try to fit your writing time in another day. Tomorrow might be easier you never know!
- Know that instead of writing for a nice long sitting its okay to write in little segments of time. Might not be how you are used to working, but if you can adjust then it will be easier to do both.
- Keep an eye out for signs of postpartum depression. Depression can make it hard to not only take care of your home and family, but also make it hard to work on your writing. Get some good sunlight, exercise, eat well and get the best rest you can!