What tips would you give a mom who wants to write a book?

Here are some helpful tips to help write your first book:

1. Don't be overwhelmed. Put aside 30 min a day to write. You can increase your time once you get in the routine.
2. Ask yourself: what do you want the reader to take away from your book? Start with the ending in mind.
3. Hire a good editor (if you are self publishing). They will check spelling and offer great feedback for a lot less than you would think.

It's a process but you have something great to say so don't get discouraged. Keep at it and the rewards will be amazing.

How do you balance writing and motherhood?

I have six children so I have to manage my time really well and keep to a daily routine that I am constantly refining. For me, structure is key. I get up at 4:45 am and end my day at 9:45 pm. Every hour has a purpose and a plan.

Where do you find writing inspiration?

Other books. My personal library is full of hundreds of great books. I love to learn!

What's your favorite recipe for feeding lunch to a holiday crowd? Please include a link to an image and recipe!

Michelle Lisa Anderson

I made this Roquefort Pear Salad last Thanksgiving and my guests this year are already requesting "that amazing salad" - not the turkey or pumpkin pie - the salad:) It's really that good...Enjoy!
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Do you try to give back when you declutter? Please share your family traditions for benefitting others.

Michelle Lisa Anderson

I have six children (no that's no a typo). To help keep down the clutter my goal is to get rid of 25 items everyday. 25 items might sound like a lot but you would be surprised how many things you have laying around your house that you really don't need. I keep a large canvas duffle bag in the closet for things that could be donated. When the bag is full I know it's time to pile the kids into the (ridiculously oversized) van and take a trip to our local charity of choice. This helps keep our busy home organized and we are giving back to the local community. A perfect family tradition!
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Is there a bed (or a whole room concept) that your big kid (ages 5-10) would drool over? Please share a link to a picture if you have one.

Michelle Lisa Anderson

This is an upscale kids room that my children would love! The bike hanging from the ceiling makes it unique and the dog printed blanket adds playfulness. Now...I just need to convince my darling husband to do the handy work.
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