Busy Parent Writer: Busy Parent Writer

By Sharon Miller Cindrich
Most families realize that the New Year doesn’t start January 1st. It starts the first day of school each fall. New Sharon Cindrich and kidsteachers, new friends, new carpools, new schedules and new lunch boxes. It’s a time of change, growth and exciting anticipation of things to come.
As my children realize that they’ve outgrown soccer shoes and fall jackets, as they begin to explore new levels of independence and assume a confidence and pride that comes with reaching that next grade level, I’m reminded that I, too, have grown — as a writer and a parent. I’m ready to take things to the next level, too. Following are a few ideas for making the most of the back-to-school New Year:
Make some resolutions. As school and sports schedules begin to settle into place, take the time to list your writing goals for the fall. Try to frontload your work in September and October so you can find some flex time as fall and winter holidays approach.
Clean out the clutter. Reorganize your office, clean out your desk drawers and give yourself a fresh space to work in this fall.
Get outside. Weather will be getting cooler and you’ll be cooped up indoors soon enough. Bring the laptop to the park, spend time on your deck and schedule in a daily walk before the leaves fall.
Make contact. September is a great month for phone calls and e-mails. Editors have returned from their summer vacations, are gearing up or wrapping up holiday season stories and are ripe for a phone call or query from you.
It’s a new year, parents, so break out the sparkling grape juice and do it right by toasting your growth, preparing for things to come and making a fresh start to forward your writing endeavors.

A Smart Girl's Guide to the Internet By Sharon CindrichSharon Miller Cindrich is the mom of two, a columnist and author of E-Parenting: Keeping Up With Your Tech-Savvy Kids (Random House, 2007). Her next book, A Smart Girl’s Guide to the Internet (American Girl) debuts in September 2009. Packed with tips, quizzes, and “What would you do?” scenarios, this book helps girls become smart and safe Internet users. Learn more at www.sharonmillercindrich.com.


2 Responses to “Busy Parent Writer: Busy Parent Writer”

  1. 1 Janel September 16, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    Great tips! Since my kids just back to school last week I am just getting settled into a routine.

  2. 2 freelancerforhire September 17, 2009 at 12:19 am

    I love these tips! Sometimes as a mommy & a writer it’s easy to get overwhelmed – so simple tips like this help make big improvements.

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