Random Thoughts About Writing

Today, I'm just going to post some random thoughts about writing I've had lately. I've been pushing myself to finish this rough draft and it's a struggle. However, the 100 Day Challenge has been helping force me to write daily. Even if I don't do the prompt posted, I've been writing. And of course the BIW Challenge was a huge help this month. I only have a few more chapters to finish writing then I can announce that the rough draft is done. Random Thought #1: I see many similarities to my writing attitude and my 3.5 year old son's attitude.

Some examples:

  • He likes to yell for help, even though he doesn't need it. He just needs to do whatever it is. This is comparable to me spending hours online looking for the best way to do something. I don't have to do it the best way, I just have to do it.
  • He continually tells me, "It's hard," and pretends to cry when he's trying to build a "fort" in the living room. My response is usually, "Of course it's hard, but you're doing great. Just keep trying." Why can't I remember this when I want to whine and pout about how hard it is to string together 80 thousand words in a manner that makes sense?
  • He's indecisive about what he wants to eat. He requests one thing, I make it, and he declares, "I don't like it." That's just like me being excited about something I'm working on, but quickly changing my mind and wanting to work on something else, in the hope that the other project will be easier.

Random Thought #2: I should be more like my 22 month old daughter.

Examples:

  • She's perfectly content to admit "I'm stuck" and she just keeps trying different things until she's unstuck.
  • Her big brother knocks her down when they're playing and she just bounces back up and goes back to her thing.
  • She goes with the flow when it interests her, otherwise, she's happy to do her own thing, even if it's not the way something is supposed to be done.

Random Thought #3: I should appreciate every second I have to enjoy my kids at this age and not worry so much about deadlines that I inflict upon myself. There will always be another story idea, another hour to write, another weekend where the kids are visiting Grandma and I can focus completely. My babies will only be this age for a little while.

Random Thought #4: I should quit blogging and get back to writing. :)

What random thoughts do you have about writing? Does your writing behavior ever remind you a toddler's behavior?

Poppy Cat

I have two small children, under the age of three (for another couple months). The eldest, The Mini, needs a pretty specific bedtime routine in order to go to bed peacefully. One part of his routine is to watch Sprout TV before bed. We normally watch two or three cartoons. His favorites are The Berenstain Bears and Thomas the Train (I bet that surprises anyone who knows my husband, huh?). My favorite is Poppy Cat. Poppy Cat is about the stories a little girl writes for her cat, Poppy. While the stories probably aren't written by a child, I think it's awesome that my kids watch a cartoon about writing stories.

The stories feature Poppy Cat and her friends; ZuZu, who I think is a dog; Mo, a mouse; Owl, an owl (go figure!); Alma, a rabbit who loves jewelry and the color pink; and Eggbert, a badger who is always causing trouble. My favorite is the little girl, who only appears at the beginning and end of the cartoon. She also narrates the cartoon.

I can only hope that my kids will love books (they do so far) and continue to be creative as they get older. As it is, The Micro (15 months old) loves her books. She'll carry them around, sit in her chair and look at them, or lay next to the dogs with her books and read to the dogs, babbling in her own language. When she wants us to read to her, she climbs into our laps, and sticks a book into our hand.

I should probably get started with a blog for her, and a website so she can start building an audience before her first book comes out.

How do you encourage creativity in your kids? Or if you don't have children, how do you encourage your own creativity?