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by Michele Rader
Finding the time to write is not always as easy
as it sounds. It seemed that no sooner did I sit down in front of my computer,
both of my children would run into the room to claim dibs on the keyboard. Even
when I chased them away and firmly announced that Mommy was going to write, they
would bombard me with a thousand questions and requests, demanding my attention.
By being consistent, your family will soon learn
that during certain times of the day you are "at work". I split my days, half in
the morning, and the other half after everyone is tucked into bed.
Dont feel guilty! Let the housework go. I
decided that I did too much of the housework myself so I delegated the chores.
Now I have more time to write, I know what my kids are doing while Im writing
and the chores are getting done. Now every one is happy, well, except my
I posted a sign on my door that read, "Writer at
work!" then informed them that they were not to disturb me unless the house was
burning down, or some similar catastrophe.
The other day while writing, I heard my son
shouting from the next room, headed my way, "Mommy! Mommy!"
Then a wonderful thing happened.
My husband intercepted him before he got to my
office and said, "Mommys working. Let me help you." I heard the sound of their
footsteps retreat down the hallway, followed by nothing but sweet silence. With
a sigh of relief and a prayer of thanks, I continued writing with no further
This didnt happen over night. I guess it took
my husband until he saw a few checks come in the mail before he realized that I
was serious. Be persistent by making time for your writing career and soon
youll be hearing those sweet words for yourself, "Shhh! Mommys working!"
© Copyright 2002, Michele Rader
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