About Erin Jay & her Blog
Erin is a winner of Top 25 Book Author Moms - 2012
What tips would you give a mom who wants to write a book?
Do not drop scheduled assignments to write a book — you will regret it later. Keep plugging away at your regular work because it keeps money coming in while you’re working on the book. Instead, find time to write during what would normally be non-work hours if you have to. That includes early mornings, evenings or weekends. I found my peak writing time to be in the early morning before the kids woke up. I hit the computer with coffee in hand between 5 and 6:30 a.m. most days, even on weekends. Find a writing time that works for you and run with it.
How do you balance writing and motherhood?
It’s a juggling act. Quality time with the kids is crucial. Do not be so preoccupied with work or your career that you miss quality time with your kids. Ditch the smart phone for an hour or two each weekday so you can play with your kids or read to them. Limit the amount of TV they watch, and strive for quality interactions. Make the weekends extra special—take them on family outings to local parks, museums or excursions. Ask them what is going on at school, and they will tell you. Try to do your writing when the kids are in school or asleep.
Where do you find writing inspiration?
My kids inspire me every day. I’m also motivated by my family, friends and my environment—teachers and other parents. I like to hear what other working moms are experiencing—that’s what led me to write my book. I attend networking events and meet with prospective clients throughout the year—the business owners I meet inspire me as well.
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