December Sell-a-bration #9: Writing Fits Her Schedule

By Jennifer Hallissy

I started 2008 awash in morning sickness. Twenty-four-hour-a-day, can’t-keep-anything-down, full-term morning sickness. (You know when the mere sight of water makes you nauseous, you’re in trouble.) On top of the puking, there was the panic. I was already struggling to balance my business and motherhood. How was I going to manage it all with a new baby? And what was going to happen to my secret dream of becoming a published writer? Where was I going to fit that in?

I soon found out something wonderful about writing: it fits, even when nothing else (including your clothes) will fit. On the days when I could barely haul myself out of bed, writing fit. When I was still in my pajamas at noon, writing fit. When my mind was racing at 3 AM because I couldn’t sleep; when I was spending way too much time in doctor’s office waiting rooms; when I was nursing a newborn, I could still fit a little writing in. With a pen, a notebook, or a laptop I could get to work as a writer, even on the days I couldn’t get to work in any other capacity.

So my greatest accomplishment this year (aside from the birth of my beautiful daughter) was writing every day. Even when clients got cancelled, the house didn’t get cleaned, or when I didn’t even get dressed, I wrote. And that’s something.

In 2009, my goals are to become a paid writer, to earn a small but loyal readership (besides my son, who thinks I’m the best writer in the world, bless his heart), and to continue to have that surge of energy each morning that impels me to wonder: What will I write today? Oh, and finding some more time in my schedule to write wouldn’t hurt. But I’m not too worried about that one — I know I’ll fit it in anywhere I can.

Jennifer is a mother of two, a pediatric occupational therapist, and an up-and-coming freelance writer. She specializes in smart ideas for teaching, encouraging, and inspiring children to write. Take a peek at her family’s adventures on the road to writing at


5 Responses to “December Sell-a-bration #9: Writing Fits Her Schedule”

  1. 1 writerinspired December 9, 2008 at 8:58 am

    Wow, Jennifer, you found time to write EVERYDAY in 08? That’s amazing! Congrats on your daughter! We share the same passion for encouraging children to write. I’ll have to check out your blog
    🙂 Mary Jo

  2. 2 Erin Goodman December 9, 2008 at 9:37 am

    I’m SO happy to read this here. I’ve been reading The Write Start faithfully since I discovered (via The Artful Parent) last year and I’ve always wanted to know more about the mama behind this beautiful and inspiring blog! Thank you!!!


  3. 3 Mary December 9, 2008 at 8:24 pm

    Good for you, writing every day! That is, indeed, an accomplishment. I admire your passion.

  4. 4 Jen December 9, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    Hi Jen,

    As with Genevieve, good to read what you’ve been thinking about since the proposal class (and the birth of your beautiful baby in the middle of it). You didn’t take credit for giving birth and then coming right back to finish the class—it was rather impressive. Having given birth myself not too long ago, I couldn’t imagine how you did it, and still can’t.

    Great job!

  5. 5 Jenni December 10, 2008 at 2:01 pm


    I echo the sentiments above. Every day? In the midst of birthing and caring for your beautiful new baby? Congratulations on both of these accomplishments. Also, I’m so glad to have discovered your blog as well. Thanks for the inspiration!


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