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Make Time to Write: Passions of the Modern Mama

Let me ask you a question, lady. When is the last time you said, “I’m going to make time to write?” 

I want you to picture the little girl who grew into the amazing woman you are today. What was she like? Was she the kid in class who always had her nose in a book? The one who loved to write stories and was always getting lost in her own little world? When she became a mom, did she put her creative writing dreams on the backburner?

I’m here to tell you that it’s time to resurrect that little girl and her creative boundlessness. As a mom, you have a unique perspective that you can harness to create amazing pieces of writing. You have the power to inspire, educate and entertain with your words. And, trust me, your kids will love seeing their mommy as a writer. So starting today, I’m going to show you how to make time to write.

As a mama and writer, I want to share some of my favorite tips on getting your creative juices flowing again so you can finally write the story in your heart.

Make Time For Your Creative Development

Time seems elusive, I know. From the moment we open our eyes in the morning, there’s breakfast to be made, carpools to consider, and a house to keep up with. So it’s no wonder that by the time we have a moment to sit down to write, we’re exhausted. 

But listen, mama, you CAN set aside some time each day or week and make time to write. You give so much time to everyone else in your life, and no one deserves some extra time for expression more than you.

Here are some of my favorite ways to sneak in a little me time so I can put pen to paper.

Be an early bird.

I love my sleep. But, when I set my alarm for just 30 minutes earlier than usual, it feels like I’ve stolen an extra hour in the day.

During that time, I make myself a cup of coffee and sit at my computer without distractions. It’s the perfect time to get some quality writing done.

Join a writing group.

There’s nothing like consistency and the encouragement of like-minded peers to keep you accountable. I am a part of a fantastic Facebook group of women writers, and we keep each other motivated and on track. We even have weekly writing challenges to help break through any creative blocks. Consider joining a free writing group that keeps you on track with your creative development.

Swap scrolling for scrawling.

Let’s be honest—the amount of time we spend mindlessly perusing social media or getting lost in the rabbit hole of Google articles is massive. It’s time we give our brains a break from consuming media all the time and start creating.

So, instead of reaching for your phone when you have a free moment, try reaching for your notebook instead. Just let your mind wander, put pen to paper, and see what comes out. You can always return to your notebook of ideas for inspiration later on.

Find a Quiet Place to Write

What’s your favorite room in your house? Once the kids are gone or asleep, it’s time to get cozy and let your creativity come to life.

But finding a quiet place to write goes beyond finding an empty room and closing the door. It also means finding mental quiet that will allow your creativity to flourish.

So first, turn off your phone and set it out of reach. No one is important enough to steal your creative time away through a text message or social media reply.

Next, try to clear your mind of any outside noise or distractions. If you can’t seem to quiet the million things running through your head, try this simple mindfulness exercise:

Close your eyes and take a deep breath in through your nose. As you exhale out your mouth, mentally say the word “quiet.” With each inhale and exhale, repeat the word “quiet” until your mind feels more clear.

After you’ve found some mental quiet, allow yourself to be consumed by your writing. Let the words flow out of you without judgment or criticism.

Find Your Inspiration

One thing is for sure—moms are never short on inspiration. After all, we spend our days caring for others and ensuring their happiness. But for some reason, we sometimes feel creatively bankrupt when it comes to writing.

The key is to find what inspires you and use that as motivation for your writing. For example, I’m inspired by the physical beauty of the natural world around me. Being among the trees and flowers in my garden or taking a nature walk allows my mind to quiet and the ideas to flow.

I also find inspiration in music. Certain songs just make me feel things—happy, nostalgic, hopeful. And when I’m feeling all those emotions, it’s easier for me to channel them into my writing.

But there’s one secret weapon I use to keep my creativity on its toes no matter where or when I get a chance to write—notebooks. I always keep a notebook close to me so that any time I feel the urge to write, I can just grab it and go.

Plus, having a dedicated notebook for your writing ideas means you’ll never have to worry about forgetting a great idea again. Instead, simply open up your notebook, pick up where you left off, and let the words flow.

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