Between late night feedings, tantrums, and saying “don’t eat that!” for the umpteenth time, I wondered how authors balanced their careers with parenting. So I googled (“is writing and parenting possible?”) and regretted it.
Not only is this rarely talked about, it’s believed to be impossible in some circles 1 .
But it’s absolutely possible 2 !
tl;dr: I wrote a post for NaNoWriMo’s blog on whether it’s possible to be both parent and writer. It is.
- I found essays like The Secret to Being Both a Successful Writer and Mother: Have Just One Kid by Lauren Sandler and quotes like Cyril Connolly’s “There’s no more somber enemy of good art than the pram in the hall.” ↩︎
- Writers like Jodie Picoult, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Toni Morrison are a few of the many authors who were/are parents with successful careers, for example. ↩︎