Posted in First drafts, Writing, Writing for Kids

Weekly Catch Up


So for the past week I’ve been reviewing the first draft of my children’s adventure novel. Admitedly the progress has been slow but with a newborn to take care of I’m still happy with what I’ve achieved so far.

So a bit of background:  I got the idea for this novel while taking a course on writing for children at New York University back in 2014. Over the last two years the plot has changed significantly thanks to valuable input from my writing group (which I had to drop out of due to terrible pregancy sickness).  Right now I have 51,200 words (197 pages) and I would say the novel is 70% complete, which is why I spent the week re-reading what I have so far, so that I can hopefully continue with renewed determination (while changing diapers and dealing with a fussy, gassy baby).

Don’t be fooled by 51,200 words.  It sounds like alot but I’ve still got to work out if the ending that I’ve outlined still works.  I hardly wrote anything while pregnant so it will be interesting to see how I feel about my current draft.  I suppose I’ll either continue as outlined or tweak the outline which may send the novel off the rails in a good way.

Either way – I’ll keep you posted 🙂

What have you guys been working on?  Are you sticking to an outline or are you a pantser?

I’d love to hear from you.




Posted in Motherhood, Writing

Probably the worst time to blog


I can think of so many reasons not to blog right now…

  1. I just had a baby… Baby J is one month old today!!!
  2. I’m sleep deprived most days because Baby J still has his days and nights mixed up.
  3. When will I have time to write?
  4. I haven’t touched my children’s novel in months and I’m anxious that I’ll never finish it now that the baby is my main priority.
  5. Post partum hormones are making me overly emotional and anxious about everything.

Baby J is a true gift and I’m enjoying motherhood and its sleepless nights. But I’m also thinking about my writing projects which are still in the draft and planning stages. As tempting as it is to dive into a new project I’m going to stick it out and finish the novel I started over a year ago.

My goal for this week is to re-read my draft and make notes. NO REWRITING ALLOWED. I’m just reading and making notes for future editing.

If you’re interested in following my journey it would be great to have some company, and I would love to hear from moms who write about how you balanced writing with a new addition to the family.