The writer versus the mum

photo[1]Last week, I was interviewed by a journalist for an article about The Mapmaker Chronicles. This once again reinforced to me just how much I prefer asking the questions to answering them… It also reminded me of one of the question that I am most likely to be asked about writing.

“How do you fit writing around being a mum?”

I have written on this subject before. About the inconvenient truth about mothers and writing. About how you don’t find time to write, you make time.

But it’s school holidays again, which means a different set of rules. In the school holidays, Mum wins, and the writer retreats to a corner, chastened, for a few weeks.

Not that she disappears altogether, of course. I have the third manuscript in The Mapmaker Chronicles series all ready to read to Mr10, awaiting his critical feedback. We will walk and bike ride and play, and, all the time, there will be a small corner of my mind, asking ‘what if?’. The boys and I might even sit down and do some writing exercises together.

But, to be honest, I think that mostly the writer will have a bit of a rest. It’s been a big year so far.

How do you fit writing around being a mum?