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A Routine in its Infancy


A little time to write today. I shouldn’t be spending it scribbling a note on the blog but I haven’t had enough mental space for poems to grow in since the baby was born, although I’ve had plenty feverishly paced thoughts about poetry, politics and various other matters. As a consequence, I’m facing the fear of an hour or so filled with blankness or writing less rewarding than poetry.

I’d be interested to know how other writers with small children and day jobs have managed the transition into writing and working parenthood. Perhaps it’s just a matter of time and patience. The wee one is only just shy of eight weeks, after all, and only in the past week or so has something approaching a routine begun to develop. Still, any thoughts from anyone who is or has been in a similar position would be welcome.

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  1. Rob permalink
    13/05/2007 23:27

    I think it is time and patience. When I look back at Alyssa’s first 18 months, I don’t know how I coped with such little sleep, and so much demand, let alone how I managed to write any poems. And yet I am anything but unique. People do cope, some seem to thrive.

    I reckon a major change in life often brings about a poetic silence, or near silence, but it’s often a prelude to a huge flow of creativity when ideas and words suddenly all click into place.

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