The Working Mother’s Ultimate Guide to Writing a Book

 

As a working mother, the juggling act is already an award-worthy performance. You’re the queen of multitasking, the CEO of family dynamics, and the unsung hero of the workplace—all rolled into one. But what about that secret dream of writing a book? Beneath the layers of managing working deadlines and playdate schedules lies a writer’s dream. It’s time to dust off that invisible manuscript in your head and bring it to life.

My second book, Ambition Factor, has been written and published following these principles, and my third book is in the making. Here’s how I did it. 

Unveiling the Myth of ‘Not Enough Time’

It’s a myth—this idea that there’s never enough time for anything beyond the essentials. In reality, as a working mother, you’re operating on all cylinders, day in and day out. Think about a moment of your life before the kids: you achieved half of what you are doing now. The question really is: how can we channel this incredible capacity for achievement into creative expression?

Let’s start by untangling time. The concept of time isn’t just a linear sequence; it’s fluid, adaptable, and—dare I say—magical. I know this because I’ve lived it. With two kids, a full-time job, and a side hustle, I’ve managed to write and publish two books. Rest assured, reaching for this seemingly impossible star is doable. It’s a process, and I’m here to guide you through it.

The Art of Balancing Priorities

The key to writing a book with the rigidity of a packed schedule lies in the flexibility of your mindset. An honest evaluation of priorities is crucial. Every task competes for your attention, but not everything is created equal.

Start by categorizing your daily to-dos into tiers of importance. Essential? Mark it as a high priority. Looming for weeks? Maybe it’s time to reassess its worth. Your book project should hold a prominent place in this hierarchy. For me, I allocate book and side hustle hours with the same gravity as family time and workouts. It’s a juggling act with an intricately balanced sequence of priorities that ensures nothing falls through the cracks.

The Power of Your Support System

Just as every CEO has an executive team, your writing venture needs a support system. As the authors of our life stories, we rarely write solos. My husband is a crucial character in this tale, playing the role of a co-protagonist in our shared family narrative.

The skill of delegation also stars in this show. A cleaning lady, the use of AI for quicker writing, or a virtual assistant for errands—I’ve assembled a cast worthy of the grandest production, and it’s a trick, or rather a strategy, available to all working mothers. Utilize the tools and help readily available; your book needs your quality time. 

Deconstructing Time in Blocks

Kids operate on their own schedule, and any working mother can attest to the fact that time of day is merely an illusion. Sickness, sports activities, urgent work projects to finish, and outside elements will often require you to focus on unplanned tasks and jeopardize your plans. Instead, consider time in weekly blocks. It’s a strategic move that allows you to adjust your goals without the guilt or stress of daily plans thwarted by the unpredictable.

This approach also encourages you to celebrate weekly victories. Did you write 500 words this week? Did you review the chapter you wanted to edit? Great! Now, magnify that over the weeks and see how these little wins accumulate into substantial progress. It’s not about a sprint, but a marathon paced to your rhythm.

The Tools for a Timeless Creation

Remember your toolbox when embarking on this writing journey. An author creates with the aid of tools—both tangible and technological. Personally, Notion has become my digital sanctuary for organizing thoughts and plans, and Jasper AI technology has transformed the drafting process into a meeting of minds.

Every extra hand—from robotic to human—brings you closer to unlocking the hours once exclusive to your passion. You don’t have to accomplish everything single-handedly; push pride aside and pair ambition with the resources lying at your fingertips.

Making and Keeping Commitments

Commitments are the building blocks of accomplishments. Treat your book as a solemn pledge to yourself. Set realistic deadlines and show up for them consistently. It’s a pact that requires flexibility and stubborn resolve.

Avoid the voids of indecision and perfectionism. I’ve altered timelines and dialled back on my pursuit of perfection; it’s liberating and essential. Allow room for creativity and error. Your first draft will be (probably) horrible, and this is ok. Finishing the first draft manuscript is your ultimate goal. After that, the path will look less daunting. 

Finding Your Accountability Partners

We’re not lone wolves—a community surrounds us, waiting to be tapped into. Whether it’s a writing group, a fellow author, or a trusted friend, these relationships foster growth and provide the crucial nudge that persists in times of doubt. They’re the ones who’ll celebrate your milestones and call you out when your enthusiasm wanes.

And remember, for the aspects beyond the written word, a different set of accountability partners comes into play. Your partner, a trusted coworker, or even your supportive manager—all are fair game, willing participants in the orchestration of your life’s symphony.

Beyond the Finish Line

The day you hold a printed manuscript, fresh from the box of a publishing house, is not the end. Rather, it’s a launch pad for your next narrative. The crux of writing a book as a working mother is not only about the toiled pages but also about the journey it reveals about the tenacious human spirit.

So, here’s the final chapter—a call to action for every working mother harboring the dream of being a published author. Explore the narratives that spring from the heart of your bustling life, and get ready to add ‘author’ beside the many hats you already wear.

Push the word limit on your biography. Fill it with the achievements woven into the fabric of your everyday life. You are the author of your story, the heroine of your novel. And in every corner, every turned page, there’s a community of working mothers waiting for their tales to unfold alongside yours.

And remember, through the edits and rewrites, through the demands and the chaos, you are both the scribe and the subject of the remarkable tale of the working mother who dared to write a book. So, grab your pen, and let’s write your story.

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