For Parents Who Love to Write
I was reading Andrea Gordon's article describing the latest parenting trends over breakfast this morning. (Yep. I'm a day behind in my newspapers again.)
In her article, Andrea mentioned the momoir -- the motherhood memoir -- and how many moms are taking to writing their own.
That got me thinking about how the fatherhood memoir is still lacking a decent name.
Dad-oir? I don't think so.
Anyway, after I put down the newspaper and poured myself a second cup of coffee, I realized I had a tip sheet I could share with parents who love to write (.pdf file).
The handout was created for a workshop I gave at The Baby and Toddler Show in the fall of 2007. While the intended audience was new or expectant parents (both moms and dads) who wanted some quick tips about documenting their most memorable parenting experiences, much of the advice in this handout will apply to parents (and writers) at any stage.
Whether you're a parent or a writer (or both), finding community is critical. Only another parent (or another writer) can understand the highs and lows of the sometimes crazy-making journey you're on. So do yourself a favor and join forces with a fellow traveler or two (.pdf). You'll find the journey a lot less lonely and a lot more fun .
Calling All Parents Who Write: If you're a parent and a writer and you have your own tricks of the trade to share, I'm sure a lot of people would love to hear them. How do you find time to write? How do you get the mental space to write? (If you're worried about a kid-related issue, it's not always easy to clear your head of that worry long enough to produce a brilliant piece of writing, let alone a grocery list.)