This is an extract from an interview with writer Julianna Baggott, novelist, essayist and poet, where she was asked to give advice to mother/writers.
'Put your elbows out, protect your time. This means that if you have a partner, that partner must step up and -- this is the tricky part -- you must allow them to step up and find their own way to parent. This is an act of deep trust. It means that you can't micromanage from the computer chair. It means that the sippy cup tops and bottoms might not match. We talk about sexism in the publishing industry and there's much work to be done, but most of that work begins with two people having a conversation at a kitchen table late at night after the baby has finally fallen asleep, two people who have to decide -- often with limited resources -- which career deserves to be pushed, deserves time and support. Writers often fail at this conversation. Women writers often cave at this moment -- do their budding careers truly deserve time? Assert yourself now. Set the ground rules early. Elbows fucking out. You deserve the time. Your partner needs to step up. This is where it begins.'
She also has some interesting thoughts on learning to 'write while not writing'. She tells the story to herself, visualizes, perhaps while driving, cooking etc ... & she has also learned to head edit... she calls it "Efficient Creativity..." I would highly recommend the full article HERE
How do you manage to juggle motherhood and writing? Funny how the juggling of fatherhood and writing rarely appears to be an issue, or is that changing ? :)
ps Thanks to Doireann Ni Ghriofa for tweeting this article btw!