Writing with the kids home

By Jenn Windrow

It’s been less than a week since my kids went back to school. Less than a week since I have been able to concentrate on my writing again. Less than a week since my sanity slowly returned.

I’m not the kind of writer who can sit for a few moments, jot some words down, and be happy. I need hours of quiet time to write.  At the start of every summer break, when my kids are getting ready to spend a solid 10 weeks at home, I swear this will be the year I balance working with entertaining them.

And every year I fail. Miserably.

I get depressed, frustrated, turn into Godzilla mom at times.

This year I needed a different approach to keep my angry-inner-writer at bay. Instead of getting upset when I couldn’t add words to my latest novel with the constant, “mom, I need you,” interruptions, I decided to take the few spare moments of quiet to plot, outline, jot down new ideas into my notebooks.

I spent those ten weeks thinking about what I wanted to do when the house became quiet once again. Made a plan of attack and a strict schedule to follow to get me back on track.

Last week, I had three days and a novel I wanted to add some new elements too, so I spent those first three days getting everything added and done. Hopefully it will come back from my beta readers with minimal changes and be shipped off to my editor very soon. That was one thing checked off my list.

This week I have the second book in my Cupid series to tackle. Harder changes, but I know that I need it done ASAP, so that is my focus.

My game plan seems to be working so far.  I feel like having smaller more attainable goals right at the start helps me not feel so overwhelmed by everything I ignored while I took care of my first more important job of being mom.

At the start of next years summer break, I am going to have to take a look back at this blog and remind myself that it’s not a feasible idea to continue to try to get words on the page when I have my girls with me 24/7.

And just to illustrate how I felt about the first day of school, I leave you with this fun little gem…

head shot 1Jenn Windrow loves characters that have a pinch of spunk, a dash of attitude, and a large dollop of sex appeal. Top it all off with a huge heaping helping of snark, and you’ve got the ingredients for the kind of fast paced stories she loves to read and write. Home is a suburb of it’s-so-hot-my-shoes-have-melted-to-the-pavement Phoenix. Where she lives with her husband, two daughters, and a slew of animals that seem to keep following her home, at least that’s what she claims.  struckbyeros2-2

Her award wining paranormal romance, Struck By Eros is now available in ebook and paperback format.


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