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Q & A - What’s the best way to start writing when I have toddlers and preschoolers?

changing seasons q&a Oct 29, 2019

On the fifth week of the month I answer reader questions. Feel free to send them via social media or email.

What’s the best way to start writing when I have toddlers and preschoolers?

Two words: stolen moments.

When you have young children, life can be crazy without even trying. If you work full time or homeschool, your schedule can be overloaded and overwhelming. The best way to accomplish anything during these busy times is to look for pockets of calm, set a timer, and write for ten to fifteen minutes each day.

Writers often overlook the benefits of shorts bursts of creativity. If you outline your topic on Monday, then write for 15 minutes each day, many women can complete a thousand words or more a week. If you are able to sneak in a thousand words a week that can add up to a 50,000-word in a year. Fifty-thousand words is the length of an average book!

Use the time during mundane tasks, like folding clothes or washing dishes, to consider and think through what you want to...

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