I stumbled across Becky Tountas’ piece “Naptime,” and I suggest every mother with small children read it. We can alllll relate! I loved it so much that I reached out to Becky asking her for an interview for the book. You can visit Becky’s blog here. Hopefully we will be getting to know her a little better in the near future.
Last week I had the pleasure of chatting with Caitlin Thomson. Here‘s my previous post about Caitlin. She had such great answers to my interview questions, and one amazing/heartbreaking/eye-opening story that she shared with me. Unfortunately for you, I’m saving that one for the book. But, I will share with you some great words of wisdom she shared with me when I asked her how she deals with disappointment or discouragement along her creative journey. This is what she had to say:
When I was a younger writer I regularly made unrealistic goals in terms of my writing, mostly to do with publishing. In the last three years I have put a lot of effort into making goals for myself that are within my control. For example being traditionally published as a novelist within three years is an unrealistic goal. But submitting my novel to at least 5 agents within the next year is a realistic goal, because it is within my direct control. This has helped me from becoming discouraged as easily.
Whenever I find myself particularly discouraged I have turned to focus instead on creating something new – not editing something that exists already, not submitting, just focusing on the pure act of creation for a while. That for me is the most rewarding.
I think this is so important! Maybe her words really hit home with me because I am seeking to publish this book. But, I think this advice applies to anything really, not just writing. It only makes sense to make goals that are within reach AND within your control. It’s so common sense, yet a game-changer for me. And hopefully for you too.
I consider myself a goal-oriented person. I love a good challenge. Even better, I love a good checklist or list of tasks to accomplish. On the flip side of that, I find myself easily discouraged. BUT, maybe I’m setting my goals all wrong. So thank you, Caitlin, for (inadvertently) bringing this to my attention. Such good advice, and I think we all can benefit from it.
Thanks again to Caitlin for a great interview! Please check out her website http://www.caitlinthomson.com/ to learn more about her.
I just can’t get enough of the Literary Mama website these days. I came across a great article again today: “Returning to Writing” by Kristin Helms. Kristin is a stay-at-home mom and freelance writer, and she blogs about the mom life at The Mommy Project San Diego. On her blog she address issues like making the adjustment from one child to two and coming to terms with her new role as a stay-at-home mom after 15 years in the corporate world. I think she would be a perfect fit for the book.
I’ve sent her a request for an interview, and I hope to hear back from her soon. In the meantime, check out her website. There’s so much to enjoy over there.
I contacted Caitlin Thomson today regarding an interview for the book. I happened upon her article “Writing for Joy” on Literary Mama today. (Here is my previous post about Literary Mama.) Judging from this one piece, I think she would be a great fit for the book. It’s really about how it all collides: motherhood, chores, being a wife, that need to create, and work. She describes it so eloquently as though it is this beautiful mash-up that just works out. I was definitely left wanting to read more.
You can learn more about Caitlin on her website at www.caitlinthomson.com.