Tuesday, March 24, 2009

The toughest job you'll ever love

Posted by: Angie Fox
Working on: launching The Dangerous Book for Demon Slayers (coming in April!), writing A Tale of Two Demon Slayers (book 3 in the Accidental Demon Slayer series)
Mood: spring-y

When I sat down to write The Accidental Demon Slayer, I admit I did it on a lark. The kids were napping, the house was quiet and I couldn't get these biker witches out of my head. The book was a blast to write and I did it in my own time. Writing wasn't a job, it was a hobby.

Flash forward to when the book sold and lo and behold - they wanted another one. Joy! But there was a big difference writing book 2 - the deadline. Well, that and the fact that I realized people would actually be reading my book. For some reason, that threw me for a loop. But let's put the Angie author craziness aside for a second and get back to the point. Here I was, with two jobs: a full-time mom of two, and a writer on a book deadline (with an acute fear of people reading said book).

The solution for me was a schedule. I decided what I needed to get done each day in order to have fun with the book (and make progress) while enjoying my kids. We still went to the park, took swimming lessons and collected pine cones from the yard. When they weren't tired for their naps/mom's writing time, we played "the stairs game," which consisted of running up and down stairs. I told them stories about silly witches that would sometimes make it into the books. And I listened to my daughter talk to her "editor" on her Fairy Princess Play Phone.

I suppose what I'm saying is that for me, it's all about balance. I'm a better mom because I get to have a ball with my writing. I have that outlet, that thing that is just for me. And I'm a better writer because being a mom gives you the kind of perspective you just can't get anywhere else. Case in point, when I told my four-year-old daughter that mommy's book made the New York Times bestseller list, she said, "that's great mom, but you forgot to get me my cheese."

Balance. At least that's what has made all the difference for me.

4 comments:

therese said...

I'm guessing motherhood is the toughest job you'll ever love. It was the same for me when my girls were young - though I didn't hit the NY Times list or even get published.

Of course hitting the NY Times means you are now fabulously wealthy and famous, new books magically roll from your fingertips, and critics adore you.

But who's going to make that green and purple macaroni necklace for you?

Angie Fox said...

Actually, hitting the NY Times list wigged me out so much (the whole idea of people reading the book) that I couldn't write for a month. But I like your image better!

And, yes, my daughter wrote her own book this morning - about princesses and unicorns on a quest to find Cocoa Puffs (we ran out this morning and it's been on her mind). So far, it's amused me far more than anything I've managed to write. :)

Genene Valleau said...

Hey, Angie! Sorry I missed your post earlier.

I really relate to the idea of balance. Actually living in balance is a whole 'nother story. :)

I'm so glad you're still having fun with writing as well as with your kids. Learning to play is on my list of things to do. Isn't that sad? LOL!

Jessa Slade said...

High Princess Fructose and her unicorn pal Corny-Syrup. I read that story every morning at breakfast and love it. Who says it's just a kid's story? ;)