Winter is a tough time for work-at-home writer-moms to have a regular schedule. Not only is it cold and flu season, but it seems school is canceled for weather every time other day. Here in the metro DC area, most school districts have had eight or more snow days since mid-January. Between that and the federal holidays, teacher work days, and end-of-semester days off, the kids have literally been out of school nearly as many days as they’ve been in so far this year.
What does all this have to do with romance novels?
Well, if you’re a stay-at-home romance writer mom, odds are good your writing time has been majorly disrupted. 😉
But interrupted writing time can be a blessing in disguise.
For one, not being able to sit down and write can force a writer to spend some extra time in her head, thinking about characters and motivation and conflict. Thinking time is just as important as writing time for some of us.
Second, that time off can force us to take time to refill the creative well. When’s the last time we sat and played Play-Doh? Or colored? Or made a blanket fort, or sang crazy songs, or had a snowball fight? Forced time-outs from our regularly scheduled lives can inspire different perspectives and unexpected fun, not to mention the memories the kids will carry with them forever.
And lastly – what’s a snow day if a writer can’t call it a plot twist?
And if you’ll excuse me… now I need to go write a book. It seems I’m a bit behind… 🙂 Have a great day!
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Jamie Farrell writes fun contemporary romances with quirky characters and lots of heart. She believes love, laughter, and bacon are the most powerful forces in the universe. A native Midwesterner, Jamie has lived in the South the majority of her adult life. When she’s not writing, she and her military hero husband are busy raising three hilariously unpredictable children.
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